Through Artists' Eyes

Through Artists' Eyes

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The iconic image of Australia is the outback: gums and kangaroos against red soil and piercing blue sky. The reality of Australia is that the vast majority of its population live and work in suburbs and their cities. Between 1919 and 1939, this disjunction defined Australian art. John Slater explores how, at a time when most images produced by Australian artists were of rural or bush subjects, some instead turned their attention to their surroundings, and painted, drew or photographed the busy life of the metropolis. Some confronted the political and social issues of the time - the poverty of the Great Depression, the isolation of women, the sprawl of suburbia, Noel Counihan's coal miners, Yosl Bergner's alienated Aboriginal people in Fitzroy. Others turned their backs on unpleasant sights, painting instead travellers in trams or children playing in the park - for them the cities of Australia were very much part of the 'Lucky Country'. Through the beaches photographed by Max Dupain, the angry South Melbourne pictures of Arthur Boyd and the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge captured by, amongst others, Grace Cossington Smith and Jessie Traill, Slater reveals an Australia that isshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 237 pages
  • 241.3 x 298.45 x 20.32mm | 1,406.14g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • The Miegunyah Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • illus
  • 0522850928
  • 9780522850925

About John Slater

John Slater was an inspector of schools in England for 20 years, with national responsibility for the teaching of more