Tom Roberts (1856-1931) has been called the father of Australian Impressionism. The most versatile of its great painters, his works have been shown in more of Australia's public galleries than any other artist. Paintings like "Shearing the rams" (1888-1890) and "Golden Fleece" (1894) are two examples of his large pieces that have become icons of the country's cultural identity. (Art Gallery of South Australia)
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