Exhibition of the week: Australia, Royal Academy of Arts, London W1
The Independent’s former comment editor, Adrian Hamilton writes a weekly column largely on international affairs with particular focus on the Middle East, Iran and foreign policy issues. Before joining the paper he was deputy editor of the Observer newspaper.
Friday 27 September 2013
The Royal Academy's show presents 200 works covering 200 years of a country which has long found expression in visual art. A glorious opening gallery presents the visitor with works by contemporary native artists of extraordinary breadth.
The bond between place and people is a theme, as in John Lewin's 1813 portrayal of fish caught in Sydney harbour, and the fine romantic visions by Nicholas Chevalier and Eugene von Guérard (Bush Fire, above).
Revelations include the range of impressionist art and the forceful presence of women artists who came to the fore after the First World War, widening the subject matter of Australian art.
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- 4 Refugee crisis: Aylan's life was full of fear - in death, he is part of 'humanity washed ashore'
- 5 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train
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