Exhibition of the week: Australia, Royal Academy of Arts, London W1
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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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