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Australia’s Impressionists

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By the Art Gallery of NSW

Tom Roberts

Arthur Streeton

AGNSW collection Arthur Streeton Fire's on 1891

AGNSW collection Arthur Streeton Fire's on 1891

Fire’s on is one of the highlight works of the exhibition. Showing the construction of the Lapstone railway tunnel through the Blue Mountains, it vividly depicts the moments after a young navvy was killed by a blast not far from Streeton.

The portrayal of resilience in a sometimes harsh environment became a recurrent theme in Australian art in this period.

This painting is also one of the great depictions of Australian summer heat and glaring light and yet shows in its vertical composition and high horizon line the influence of Japanese art that was also greatly influential on the European Impressionists. In this way it is also located within a global matrix of references.

Charles Conder

John Russell