Which particular artist spoke most to you in relation to the topic Reading Australia?
Today’s visit to the NSW Art Gallery was very insightful and helpful in forming a deeper understanding of what this unit, Reading Australia is all about. In the numerous paintings and artworks, we discussed, it was Tom Roberts’ 1895 painting named Bailed Up that really resonated with me. Robert’s uses raw barren colours that I believe depict for one of the first times what the Australian Bush really is. This was highlighted for me as one of the first colonial artists who painted Australia for what is, him being accepting of the desolate landscape and representing an accurate image of Australian bush rangers of the time. The stance of the Bush Rangers is quite relaxed and almost does not come across as the robbery which it is. Overall I believe this painting relates significantly to the ideas in our unit and is a piece that represents a brilliant story and reality of the time.