Group hunting animals

Group hunting animals
(1890s)

Artist/s name
William Barak
Wurundjeri


Medium
watercolour over pencil and charcoal on paper
Measurements
(44.6 x 57.7 cm) (image and sheet)
Accession Number
1995.44
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Michael and Traudl Moon, 1995
Gallery Location
Gallery 5
Level 2, NGV Australia

William Barak embraced the media and materials that the settlers brought. He added brightly coloured paints and gouaches to his ochres and pigments and used paper instead of bark. In Group Hunting Animals from the 1890s, he used watercolour on top of pencil and charcoal.

In this work hunters dressed in long possum skin cloaks carry spears and a stone axe. They stalk native reptiles, birds and animals including emu, kangaroo, wallaby, turtle, turkey, platypus, echidna, snake, dingo and lyrebird.

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