Through Artists' Eyes: Australian Suburbs and Their Cities, 1919-1945 (Hardback)John Slater (author)
Hardback 237 Pages / Published: 15/06/2004
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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 is familiar, yet streets away from the iconic outback. This beautifully illustrated book shows how artists recorded the coming of Modernity, the tearing down and rebuilding of city centres and the lives of ordinary people at work and at leisure.
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Number of pages: 237
Weight: 1390 g
Dimensions: 295 x 235 x 24 mm
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