Margaret Preston, Flying over the Shoalhaven River 1942

Thomas Baines, Gouty stem tree, Adansonia Gregorii, 58 feet circumference, near a creek south east of Stokes Range, Victoria River 1868 Clarice Beckett, Sandringham Beach c.1933

Russell Drysdale, Emus in a landscape 1950 Jeffrey Smart, Wallaroo 1951

Ocean to Outback: Australian landscape painting 1850-1950

A National Gallery of Australia Travelling Exhibition

13 February -17 May 2009
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Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the National Gallery of Australia this exhibition of treasured works from the National Collection celebrates the rich history of landscape painting in Australia. Ocean to Outback has been curated by NGA Director, Ron Radford AM.

The exhibition documents the most dynamic century of landscape painting from the colonial 1850s to the immediate period following World War II. Over this century, landscape painting was the “great” subject of Australian art, a theme that reflected the changing nature of a nation’s identity. Landscape subjects also became popular with the general public as Australians began to visit their own museums and galleries to see images of their country. The fascination and love of the Australian landscape continues to this day.

This exhibition is supported byVisions Australia, an Australian Government Program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia. The exhibition is also proudly sponsored by R.M. Williams, the bush Outfitter and the National Gallery of Australia Council Exhibitions Fund.


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