shaved_ape (shaved_ape) wrote,

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Australian Impressionists

Following the double header at the Portrait Gallery I popped around the corner to the National Gallery for their exhibition of works by 'Australian Impressionists'. Of the three exhibitions I caught on Thursday this was the most entertaining. It was both odd and appealing to see very familiar styles and techniques of painting applied to such unfamiliar landscapes - and given the time period (late 1800's) a rare glimpse into Australia's past as a developing nation.
The exhibition was comparatively small (it wasn't the main show currently running in the gallery) but was great value. The short film they show on a loop withing the exhibition was also very useful for putting the displayed works into the context of the time. The three exhibitions together made for a very nice afternoon but this one was my clear favourite.
Tags: art/galleries
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