NGV curators provide short insights into highlight works of Australian art.
Grace Crowley was pivotal in developing abstract art in Australia. After a trip to France, she was seduced by the modernism movement, shifting from a more conservative painting style toward the abstract approach seen in Girl with goats.
In his first work of this scale, Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula represents an important place associated with the Dreaming of the old man. Judith Ryan discusses his usage of iconography, body painting and colours within the work, and his importance in Western Desert art.
The Australian master of Edwardian civic sculpture, Bertrand MacKennal, enjoyed international success and his mastery of modelling the human form can be best seen in his life-sized sculpture of the Homer’s sorceress Circe.
One of the most significant Australian artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Tom Roberts was committed and dedicated to his practice of painting in the open air.
John Brack, one of the most important artists of the late twentieth century, captured the ordinary mundaneness of urban Melbourne life recording the shops, bars and workplaces of the city with an ironic edge.
NGV curators provide short insights into highlight works.