The history of Australian landscape painting

The history of Australian landscape painting

The history of Australian landscape painting is not one of progressive discovery, the building up of an ever more accurate picture, but a series of changing

conceptualisations, in which one cultural construction plays off another, in ever more complex webs of invention.
(Anne-Marie Willis, Illusions of Identity: The Art of Nation, Sydney, 1993, p.62)

Discuss changes in the way the Australian landscape has been visually portrayed at different times from white settlement (1788) to federation (1901). Using at least

three examples, explain how and why “cultural, social and political needs” produced such changes in representation.

 

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