Drawing in Australia: drawings, water-colours, pastels and collages from the 1770's to the 1980's

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Australian National Gallery, 1989 - Art - 288 pages
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This beautifully illustrated book is an informative and fascinating chronological survey of Australian drawing since 1770. Defining a drawing as "any unique work on paper", Sayer examines a wide range of them in relation to the social influences of the period in which they were created, the genre and the medium, and discusses stylistic changes and changes in perception such as in the many "revivals" that drawing has experienced since the 1920's. He also provides drawings of natural history, Aborigines and landscape, portraits, scenes of contemporary life of the 1850's, decorative drawing, watercolors, and examples of surrealistic techniques.

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About the author (1989)

Andrew Sayers is Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. Previously he was Assistant Director (Collections) at the National Gallery of Australia. Between 1985 and 1996 he was Curator of Australian Drawings at the National Gallery of Australia. He was responsible for several
retrospective exhibitions of the drawings of Australian artists. His definitive study Drawing in Australia was published in 1989, following the extensive survey exhibition mounted for the Bicentennial in 1988. He is the author of Sidney Nolan: The Ned Kelly Story (1994) and Aboriginal Artists of the
Nineteenth Century (1994).

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