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Art criticism and aesthetics

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Ballet Russe

The National Gallery of Australia is home to one of the world's finest collections of costumes from the celebrated Ballets Russes.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Matisse & Islam

Islamic art, the Tahitian islands and the circus all provided inspiration for French artist Henri Matisse.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Max Ernst Collection & Lake Sentani Figures

The indigenous art of Africa, the Americas and Oceania inspired European artists such as Jacob Epstein and Max Ernst, who in turn were an inspiration for Australian painter Albert Tucker.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Natalia Goncharova & Alexandra Exter

Natalia Goncharova and Alexandra Exter were both Russian artists but where one moved to Paris and incorporated folk art traditions into her work, the other was drawn back to Bolshevik Russia and embraced the revolutionary art of constructivism.

From the website Hidden Treasures

The Australian Surrealists

In response to the Second World War, a group of talented young Australians drew on the 'dream' imagery of European surrealism to express their disquiet at world events.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Fiona Hall

The exquisitely delicate work of Australian artist Fiona Hall reminds us of the fragile diversity of the natural world.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Violet Teague & Jessie Traill

Violet Teague and Jessie Traill were part of a remarkable group of independent women who, in the early 20th century, were able to devote their lives to art.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Linocuts of Black, Syme & Spowers

Dorrit Black, Eveline Syme and Ethel Spowers introduced to Australia a dream of European modernism--to bring art to the masses through affordable linocuts.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Poster Mania

In the late 19th century, art literally took to the streets as Paris was flooded with eye-catching posters, made possible by the invention of lithography.

From the website Hidden Treasures

J.W. Lindt -- The Mechanical Eye of the Camera

It's often said that the camera doesn't lie but the photograph can be manipulated like any other art form.

From the website Hidden Treasures

The Godfrey Shawl

Among the Natioinal Gallery of Australia's rarely seen treasures is an astonishing embroidered shawl from Kashmir in India--one off the finest and rarest of its kind.

From the website Hidden Treasures

From Clay Maquette to Bronze

It's the small lively clay studies for the bronze civic monuments <cite>Burghers of Calais</cite> by Auguste Rodin and <cite>Monument to the Republic</cite> by Jules Dalou that bring us closer to the artists themselves.

From the website Hidden Treasures

William Dobell - Sketchbooks

Perhaps more than most painters, William Dobell's art relied on drawing so his sketchbooks are invaluable to our appreciation of his work.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Internationalism & Regionalism in Pottery

Whereas Sydney artist Anne Dangar moved to France to focus on cubist design in ceramics, Merric Boyd and Milton Moon looked to the Australian landscape for inspiration for their pottery.

From the website Hidden Treasures

The Art Machine

Powered by a funding boiler, the current Art Machine features a critic unit, pop tube and entertainment cylinder.

From the website Human Contraptions

Augustus Earle and his Dog, Jemmy

Misadventure turned to good fortune when young English artist Augustus Earle was rescued after being marooned on a remote island and accidentally became the colony’s first trained artist.

From the website Hidden Treasures – Inside the National Library of Australia

Captain Cook’s Tragic Death

Captain James Cook’s untimely return to Hawaii ended with his violent death, the details of which are portrayed in numerous conflicting illustrations.

From the website Hidden Treasures – Inside the National Library of Australia

John Olsen’s Opera House Mural

John Olsen’s visual diary reveals the inspiration behind the biggest commission of his career, the Sydney Opera House mural.

From the website Hidden Treasures – Inside the National Library of Australia

The Flower Hunter

Victorian flower painter Ellis Rowan rocked the Australian art establishment when she won the Centennial Art Prize in 1888.

From the website Hidden Treasures – Inside the National Library of Australia

The Photographer and the Painter

Artists working in different media have created a visual time capsule showing Melbourne in the late 1800s.

From the website Hidden Treasures – Inside the National Library of Australia

Inge King Sculptor

Australian sculptor Inge King has been producing striking steel monumental public sculpture for the past fifty years. She reminds us of the persistence and determination needed for any artist to succeed.

From the website Australian History Timeline

Creating, making and presenting

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Violet Teague & Jessie Traill

Violet Teague and Jessie Traill were part of a remarkable group of independent women who, in the early 20th century, were able to devote their lives to art.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Matisse & Islam

Islamic art, the Tahitian islands and the circus all provided inspiration for French artist Henri Matisse.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Max Ernst Collection & Lake Sentani Figures

The indigenous art of Africa, the Americas and Oceania inspired European artists such as Jacob Epstein and Max Ernst, who in turn were an inspiration for Australian painter Albert Tucker.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Fiona Hall

The exquisitely delicate work of Australian artist Fiona Hall reminds us of the fragile diversity of the natural world.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Natalia Goncharova & Alexandra Exter

Natalia Goncharova and Alexandra Exter were both Russian artists but where one moved to Paris and incorporated folk art traditions into her work, the other was drawn back to Bolshevik Russia and embraced the revolutionary art of constructivism.

From the website Hidden Treasures

The Australian Surrealists

In response to the Second World War, a group of talented young Australians drew on the 'dream' imagery of European surrealism to express their disquiet at world events.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Linocuts of Black, Syme & Spowers

Dorrit Black, Eveline Syme and Ethel Spowers introduced to Australia a dream of European modernism--to bring art to the masses through affordable linocuts.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Poster Mania

In the late 19th century, art literally took to the streets as Paris was flooded with eye-catching posters, made possible by the invention of lithography.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Tommy McRae & Mickey of Ulladulla

Working at the end of the 19th century, Aboriginal artists Tommy McRae and Mickey of Ulladulla drew the world around them with an extraordinary vitality and sensitivity to detail.

From the website Hidden Treasures

The Godfrey Shawl

Among the Natioinal Gallery of Australia's rarely seen treasures is an astonishing embroidered shawl from Kashmir in India--one off the finest and rarest of its kind.

From the website Hidden Treasures

From Clay Maquette to Bronze

It's the small lively clay studies for the bronze civic monuments <cite>Burghers of Calais</cite> by Auguste Rodin and <cite>Monument to the Republic</cite> by Jules Dalou that bring us closer to the artists themselves.

From the website Hidden Treasures

William Dobell - Sketchbooks

Perhaps more than most painters, William Dobell's art relied on drawing so his sketchbooks are invaluable to our appreciation of his work.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Internationalism & Regionalism in Pottery

Whereas Sydney artist Anne Dangar moved to France to focus on cubist design in ceramics, Merric Boyd and Milton Moon looked to the Australian landscape for inspiration for their pottery.

From the website Hidden Treasures

The Art Machine

Powered by a funding boiler, the current Art Machine features a critic unit, pop tube and entertainment cylinder.

From the website Human Contraptions

Cartooning Techniques

Bruce Petty demonstrates his representation of key Australian political figures.

From the website Talkback Classroom - Learning Journeys

The Photographer and the Painter

Artists working in different media have created a visual time capsule showing Melbourne in the late 1800s.

From the website Hidden Treasures – Inside the National Library of Australia

Past and present contexts

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Ballet Russe

The National Gallery of Australia is home to one of the world's finest collections of costumes from the celebrated Ballets Russes.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Matisse & Islam

Islamic art, the Tahitian islands and the circus all provided inspiration for French artist Henri Matisse.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Max Ernst Collection & Lake Sentani Figures

The indigenous art of Africa, the Americas and Oceania inspired European artists such as Jacob Epstein and Max Ernst, who in turn were an inspiration for Australian painter Albert Tucker.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Natalia Goncharova & Alexandra Exter

Natalia Goncharova and Alexandra Exter were both Russian artists but where one moved to Paris and incorporated folk art traditions into her work, the other was drawn back to Bolshevik Russia and embraced the revolutionary art of constructivism.

From the website Hidden Treasures

The Australian Surrealists

In response to the Second World War, a group of talented young Australians drew on the 'dream' imagery of European surrealism to express their disquiet at world events.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Fiona Hall

The exquisitely delicate work of Australian artist Fiona Hall reminds us of the fragile diversity of the natural world.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Violet Teague & Jessie Traill

Violet Teague and Jessie Traill were part of a remarkable group of independent women who, in the early 20th century, were able to devote their lives to art.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Linocuts of Black, Syme & Spowers

Dorrit Black, Eveline Syme and Ethel Spowers introduced to Australia a dream of European modernism--to bring art to the masses through affordable linocuts.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Poster Mania

In the late 19th century, art literally took to the streets as Paris was flooded with eye-catching posters, made possible by the invention of lithography.

From the website Hidden Treasures

J.W. Lindt -- The Mechanical Eye of the Camera

It's often said that the camera doesn't lie but the photograph can be manipulated like any other art form.

From the website Hidden Treasures

The Godfrey Shawl

Among the Natioinal Gallery of Australia's rarely seen treasures is an astonishing embroidered shawl from Kashmir in India--one off the finest and rarest of its kind.

From the website Hidden Treasures

From Clay Maquette to Bronze

It's the small lively clay studies for the bronze civic monuments <cite>Burghers of Calais</cite> by Auguste Rodin and <cite>Monument to the Republic</cite> by Jules Dalou that bring us closer to the artists themselves.

From the website Hidden Treasures

William Dobell - Sketchbooks

Perhaps more than most painters, William Dobell's art relied on drawing so his sketchbooks are invaluable to our appreciation of his work.

From the website Hidden Treasures

Internationalism & Regionalism in Pottery

Whereas Sydney artist Anne Dangar moved to France to focus on cubist design in ceramics, Merric Boyd and Milton Moon looked to the Australian landscape for inspiration for their pottery.

From the website Hidden Treasures

The Art Machine

Powered by a funding boiler, the current Art Machine features a critic unit, pop tube and entertainment cylinder.

From the website Human Contraptions

First Fleet Sketches

First Fleet captain John Hunter’s sketchbook showing life in Botany Bay was copied from the work of his talented young midshipman, George Raper.

From the website Hidden Treasures – Inside the National Library of Australia

First Fleet Sketches

First Fleet captain John Hunter’s sketchbook showing life in Botany Bay was copied from the work of his talented young midshipman, George Raper.

From the website Hidden Treasures – Inside the National Library of Australia