The Ian Potter Art Gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne. Our class will go to the NGV in Melbourne next week. This is a great place to go to see some amazing art by some famous artists. We can learn about early Australian history and the story of settlement in Melbourne one hundred years ago.
Barak, respected elder
The powerful portrait of Wurundjeri elder William Barak (c.1824-1903) is a highly significant painting within the Gallery’s display of portraits from the late nineteenth century. Painted by Victor de Pury in 1899, the portrait is on loan to the National Portrait Gallery from a private collection.
Barak was a skilled artist. His drawings, collected by museums in Europe and Australia, reflect his unique visual language and act as a powerful record of his culture.
Arthur Streeton discovered the view of the Hawkesbury River that became the subject of a series of large-scale works, including
‘The purple noon’s transparent might’
Tom Roberts was born in 1856 at Dorchester, Dorset England. He arrived in Australia in 1869 and settled in Collingwood, Melbourne. He studied at the Carlton School of Design and at the National Gallery School before returning to London. His best work was produced in Australia in the late 1880’s and 1890’s. His most famous commission was the painting of the Official Opening of the first Australian Federal Parliament required over 250 individual portraits. He died in 1931.
Australia 1855 – 1917
THE PIONEER, 1904
oil on canvas (triptych)
This triptych is considered one of the masterpieces of Australian art.
The first panel, represents the free-selector, who has ventured into the bush with his wife, and has chosen the bushland property for their future home.
The second, centre panel, represents the settled landscape.
The third panel, represents some time in the distant future.
Grace Cossington Smith (-1984), artist, was born on 20 April 1892 at Cossington, Neutral Bay, Sydney, second of five children.
The River Nile, Van Diemen’s Land, c.1838
Oil on canvas, 76.2 x 114.3 cm
National Gallery of Victoria
In the foyer in the Ian Potter Centre you will see this art installation.
Read some of the comments made on the sticks that make up up this big eagles’ nest. It’s called: Bunjil’s Nest
– a collaborative project by school students around Melbourne. ‘Using the eagle’s nest as a symbol of caring and nurturing, students participated in a NGV statewide project to construct a nest from sticks written with their individual messages of hope for a sustainable future.’
Here is a link to our photos from our excursion.