100 masterpieces of Australian painting / Notes on the artists by Barbara Burton ; commentaries on the plates by William Splatt; Publisher: C. O'Neil; 1981; Condition: very good
A painting may be created to replicate nature, to liberate emotion, to explore an idea or to redefine identity to hasten social change. Arguably, the Australian painting vernacular has done this more effectively that the vernacular of any other nation. While Australia has not produced a Paul Cezzane that has shown a new way conceiving a bowl or fruit, or a Pablo Picasso that created a new art style that revolutionised an attitude to painting, it has produced countless artists who have used art to change the way their country is thought of. The most influential paintings have blended history and the harsh nature of the landscape as a way to personify positive or negative viewpoints upon the people that interact with it.