The Struggle of the Modern in Australia
During the past forty years or so in Australia a notable high culture has been created which for all its diversity is both recognizably national and modernist. Examples come easily to mind: Drysdale's landscapes with figures, Nolan's images of Ned Kelly and Mrs Fraser, Tucker's antipodean heads. Arthur Boyd's 'aboriginal bride' series, Voss, Tourmaline, Peter Sculthorpe's Sun Musics. The painters who grew up during the thirties and produced their first major works around the beginning of the war initiated this development. They were inspired by the modern art which they encountered usually at a remove through books, imported periodicals and reproductions, or from an acquaintance with the few European paintings which filtered through to Australia, and they tapped these European sources to create paintings which are distinctly Australian.
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