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36. MARGARET OLLEY Untitled (Still Life with Daisies and Grapes) image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
12 Apr 2017

‘Olley’s paintings are celebrations of materiality. There is mystery enough for her in the sensuality of surfaces, the slender arc of a Turkish teapot, the transient perfection of flowers, glints of light on glass or silver, the burning lemon, the pattern of banksias against an orange wall, not...

37. ARTHUR BOYD Figure in the Bush II c1974 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
12 Apr 2017

Arthur Boyd was one of Australia’s most prolific and original artists. In a career that spanned six decades, Boyd compiled an impressive legacy of paintings, drawings and prints. While most of the works sprang from literary texts or directly from his fertile imagination, many others were a...

38. SIDNEY NOLAN Kelly at Glenrowan 1962 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
12 Apr 2017

Sidney Nolan told the writer Colin MacInnes in 1961 that the main ingredients of his iconic 1946-47 ‘Ned Kelly’ series were ‘Kelly’s own words, and Rousseau, and sunlight.’1 It is an elegant summation and points to Nolan’s fascination in the Kelly legend which did not diminish from...

39. FRED WILLIAMS Bayswater Landscape 1959 image
By Marguerite Brown MA - Art Curatorship
12 Apr 2017

The story goes that when Fred Williams returned to Australia in 1956 after a five year period living and working in London, fellow artist John Brack (1920-1999) said to him ‘Well Freddy, what are you going to do?’ - to which he replied, ‘I’m going to paint the gum tree.’1 Despite...

40. ARTHUR BOYD Potter and Wife on Beach at Arthurs Seat c1968-69 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
12 Apr 2017

Potter and wife on Beach at Arthurs Seat c.1968-69, celebrates Arthur Boyd’s rich and evocative family history that informs his artistic output and philosophy along with the significance of place of Victoria’s Port Phillip Bay and Mornington Peninsula.

Arthur and Yvonne...

41. ARTHUR STREETON The Ovens Valley (also known as A Victorian Vista) c1928 image
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
12 Apr 2017

Since having first been documented by Hamilton Hume and William Hovell during their 1824 expedition across the Great Dividing Range, Mount Buffalo and the surrounding Ovens Valley have proven an abundant source of inspiration to many of Australia’s most accomplished artists.  During the mid-to...

42. TOM ROBERTS The School Track c1900 image
By Ken Wach
12 Apr 2017

Tom Roberts was central to the birth of Australian Impressionism in August 1889 at Buxton’s, a small art gallery in Melbourne, and 128 years later he continues to remain central in the entire nation’s evolved sense of selfhood.

In many ways the English-born Roberts was blessed with an “...

43. RUPERT BUNNY A Cup of Chocolate (also known as At the Table (Mrs Bunny)) 1911 image
By Ken Wach
12 Apr 2017

In Rupert Bunny’s paintings there are no gum trees, no sheep, no pioneers and no nationalistic drum-beating. On the contrary, Bunny’s paintings betray a ‘feminine’ world of repose, relaxed comfort, beauty and unhurried ease. These qualities were recognised in his first exhibition in Sydney upon...

44. ARTHUR STREETON South Head, Sydney (also known as Sydney Heads) 1913-14 image
By Ken Wach
12 Apr 2017

Sir Arthur Streeton’s South Head, Sydney (also known as Sydney Heads)1912-13 with its breezily deft brushwork and letterbox slot view, shows the hallmark attributes that made the artist so justly famous.

Furthermore, the painting’s provenance is impeccable, its...

45. CHARLES CONDER The Fortune of War 1888 image
By David Thomas
12 Apr 2017

Late nineteenth-century Australian painting delights in story telling. Even the Impressionists Tom Roberts (1856-1931), Frederick McCubbin (1855-1917) and Arthur Streeton (1867-1943) painted pictures about bushrangers, the toils of the pioneers, and days and nights of dalliance. With an...

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