LANDSCAPE IN AUSTRALIA: AUSTRALIAN IMPRESSIONISTS Field Naturalists, Jane Sutherland 1896
But wait!! Euan Macleod first… Figure sitting in boat, 2007
Archibald Prize winner 1999 Head like a hole, 1999
Towards end of 19th century, with the Centenary of settlement and moves towards Federation there was a growing sense of Australia as a nation rather than a group of colonies. The kind of artworks created by the Australian Impressionists often showed a land that was peaceful, beautiful and harmonious. This was an idealised landscape…not strictly realistic.
How is the artist representing the world in this image? • Golden Summer Eaglemont, Arthur Streeton, 1889, 81cm x 152.6cm
The idea of Australians typically being hardworking, independent people who lived in the bush was popular, and these images helped that idea along. Shearing the Rams, Tom Roberts 1890
‘The 9 x 5 Impression exhibition’-paintings worked outdoors, done on small wooden panels. Very popular and famous in Australian art.
Whistler, Nocturne blue and gold: old Battersea bridge, 1870
USEFUL RESOURCES National Gallery of Victoria: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/australianimpressionism/education/insights_9by5.html National Gallery of Australia’s Exhibition: Ocean to Outback: Australian Landscape Painting 1850-1950: http://nga.gov.au/Exhibition/oceantoOutback/Default.cfm?MnuID=2