Images in Opposition: Australian Landscape Painting, 1801-90

Images in Opposition: Australian Landscape Painting, 1801-90


By (author) Tim Bonyhady

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  • Publisher: OUP Australia and New Zealand
  • Format: Paperback | 205 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 250mm x 17mm | 712g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Melbourne
  • ISBN 10: 0195532597
  • ISBN 13: 9780195532593
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, (some colour )

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This is an examination of Australian landscape painting in its formative years, from the arrival of the first professional landscape painter, William Westall, until the emergence of the first school of Australian artists led by Tom Roberts. It is primarily concerned with the "colonial" landscape painters active between 1820 and 1885, such as John Glover, Conrad Martens, Eugene von Guerard and Louis Buvelot. Landscape painting in Australia in the 19th century is important both as an expression of colonists' attitudes to the country they had only recently settled and as a record of changes Europeans wrought on the landscape. Tim Bonyhady discusses the position of artists in 19th-century Australian society - their incomes, social status, societies and exhibitions - and considers how landscape painters concentrated on a range of contrasting aspects of Australian scenery. He defines and explains the sequence of opposing images which were most important in Australian landscape painting between 1820 and 1890, and sets each theme within its cultural context.

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