Learning objectives

  • Identify and connect Australian Impressionism to a wider cultural, historical and social context, including the relationships between Impressionist artists and the significance of the places they worked
  • Analyse and interpret themes, concepts and ideas in the work of Australian Impressionist artists and discuss how they are expressed in selected key artworks
  • Identify and describe sources of inspiration and the important influence of the natural world in the Australian Impressionist movement
  • Evaluate the relationship between Australian Impressionism and these stories, cultures and experiences of Australia’s First Nations peoples.

Links to the Victorian Curriculum

Notes and further resources

Notes

  1. Sophie Gerhard with Hannah Presley, ‘Australian Impressionism: a longer history’, in Anne Gray and Angela Hesson (eds), She-Oak and Sunlight: Australian Impressionism, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2021, p. 132.
  2. Tom Roberts’s Big Picture is officially titled The opening of the first parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by His Royal Highness the Duke of Cornwall and York, 9 May 1901. Parliament of Australia, ‘Tom Roberts’ “Big Picture”’, Parliament of Australia, <https://www.aph.gov.au/Visit_Parliament/Art/Top_5_Treasures/Tom_Roberts_Big_Picture>, accessed 8 Feb. 2021.
  3. Viva [Edith Castilla], ‘Melbourne gossip’, The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser, 19 July 1890, p. 145, see <https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/163645496>, accessed 8 Feb. 2021.
  4. National Gallery of Victoria, ‘The purple noon’s transparent might’, NGV, Victorian Government, <https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/3060/ >, accessed 4 Feb. 2021.
  5. Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘Stanzas written in dejection, near Naples’, Poetry Foundation, <https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45140/stanzas-written-in-dejection-near-naples>, accessed 5 Feb. 2021.
  6. National Portrait Gallery, ‘Ina Gregory, c. 1895’, National Portrait Gallery, Australian Government, <https://www.portrait.gov.au/portraits/2012.24/ina-gregory/> , accessed 18 March 2021.

Further resources

Anne Gray and Angela Hesson (eds), She-Oak and Sunlight: Australian Impressionism, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2021.

NGV Magazine, no. 27, Mar–Apr 2021, < https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/ngvmagazine/issue-27-mar-apr-2021/>