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The cricketers Theme: At Ease

Artist: Russell DRYSDALE
Birth/Death: 1912–1981

Title: The cricketers

Credit Line: Private Collection

National identity had been established on the cricket pitch as early as 1877 when a combined team from New South Wales and Victoria defeated the English touring team in the first test match. Edmund Barton, Australia's first Prime Minister, was a cricket umpire, and most of his successors have shared his passion for the game. Russell Drysdale's The cricketers succeeds as art by abandoning any pretence to illustrative realism. It is one of the most original and haunting images in all Australian art.

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