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Robert Dowling after Thomas Bock Jack, of Cape Grim, Van Diemen's Land 1853–54 or 1854–56 The British Museum, London, gift of Admiral Sir Leopold McClintock's family 1924
Robert Dowling website
Robert Dowling: Tasmanian son of Empirenga.gov.au/dowling
Robert Dowling (1827–1886) holds a special place in the history of Australian art. He was the first locally produced artist in Australia. He specialised in portraiture, but also painted popular genre subjects, literary and religious themes, the most substantial Orientalist images by any Australian artist of the time, as well as images of the Australian Aborigines. He was Australia’s major portrait and figure painter from the late colonial period 1850–85.
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Emily Kam Kngwarray Ntange Dreaming 1989
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1989 © Emily Kam Kngwarrey. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
Emily Kame Kngwarreye website
Emily Kame Kngwarreye: Alhalkere, paintings from utopiahttp://nga.gov.au/Exhibitions/Kngwarreye/
In the 1990s Emily Kame Kngwarreye (c.1910-1996) emerged as one of Australia's leading painters of modern times. Kngwarreye's prominence is no overnight sensation; it finds its roots in a lifetime of ritual and artistic activity. Her energetic paintings are a response to the land of her birth, Alhalkere, north of Alice Springs - the contours of the landscape, the cycles of seasons, the parched land, the flow of flooding waters and sweeping rains, the patterns of seeds and the shape of plants, and the spiritual forces which imbue the country. Kngwarreye's vision of the land is unique; her paintings challenge the way we look at art by Aboriginal Australians. Emily Kame Kngwarreye: Alhalkere - Paintings from Utopia traces the brief but impressive career of an artist who started painting in the public arena when she was in her eighties.
Vincent van Gogh Portrait of the artist 1887 Musée d'Orsay, Paris © RMN (Musée d'Orsay) / Gérard Blot
Masterpieces from Paris website
Masterpieces from Paris:
Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and beyond
In the 1880s a new generation of artists, including Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne and Georges Seurat, burst onto the cultural scene in France. They announced a break with Impressionism, competing with the older painters and with each other, to develop the range of styles now known as Post-Impressionism. Masterpieces from Paris displays key paintings by famous and influential artists along with the work of their peers, revealing the artistic diversity of the times. This exhibition explores movements such as Pointillism, Neo-Impressionism, Synthetism and Symbolism, as well as the groups of artists known as the School of Pont-Aven and the Nabis.
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Douglas Kilburn South-east Australian Aboriginal man and two younger companions 1847
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Picture Paradise website
Picture Paradise: Asia–Pacific photography 1840s–1940snga.gov.au/PictureParadise
This is the first exhibition to survey the history of photography of our region – from India and Sri Lanka, Southeast and East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands to the west coast of North America. It features pioneer local photographers as well as Europeans working in the region. The exhibition reveals the rich heritage and the many outstanding achievements of the first century of photography in the Asia–Pacific region.
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