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A pictorial history of Australian painting

Quartermaine, Peter, 1942-1989
Subject: The unique qualities of the Australian continent have intrigued successive generations of visitors and settlers since Britain's First Fleet dropped anchor in January 1788. The art of Australia is especially rich, though too little known abroad, and offers a rewarding insight into the imaginative traditions of the nation. Paintings are testaments of individual vision whose immediacy of insight spans the centuries. We marvel at a convict artist's delicate rendering of Sydney Harbour in the late 1790s, or at a contemporary Aboriginal artist blending traditional and Western images to interpret today's urban Australia. In their informative introduction the authors, both scholars of Australian art with extensive and varied experience of the continent, trace significant developments in Australian history and culture, while a detailed discussion of almost 100 pictures painted in Australia between 1792 and 1987 shows that all such images require, as much as tell, a story. No mere list of facts, this absorbing study will prove both enjoyable and thought-provoking for all those interested in Australia, whether as residents or visitors; at once outspoken, critical and enthusiastic, it is a history of painting worthy of the Australian people themselves (from the dust cover).
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A pictorial history of Australian painting / Peter Quartermaine and Jonathan Watkins.
London : Bison Group, 1989.
192 p. : ill. (mostly col.) ; 37 cm.
Includes photographs of art works by iconic Australian artists, such as Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, Sydney Long, Rupert Bunny, Hans Heysen, Thea Proctor, William Dobell, Margaret Preston, Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale, Brett Whiteley, Arthur Boyd, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri and more.Bibliography: p. [191]
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