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Russell Drysdale

Defining the modern Australian landscape

Christopher Heathcote

Russell Drysdale
Published in association with the TarraWarra Museum of Art to coincide with the exhibition Russell Drysdale: Defining the modern Australan landscape', held 19 October 2013 to 9 Febraury 2014.

Russell Drysdale: Defining the modern Australian landscape takes a fresh look at one of the nation's major modern artists, surveying Drysdale's approach to landscape across painting, drawing and photography. Using original research, Christopher Heathcote highlights what the artist saw as urgent issues facing Australia mid-century, revealing the underpinning symbolism of Drysdale's outback imagery.

Drysdale's desert scenes are deceptive. Not only do his works directly confront problems in land management and the effects of drought and environmental degradation, we see also images revealing the plight of Australian soldiers in the Second World War, and others referring to the aftermath of the Atomic cataclysm. Drysdale shows deep concern for Aboriginal peoples, positioning Indigenous figures within his paintings to convey his distress at their dispossession. This book also explores Drysdale's efforts to blend landscape painting with surrealism, showcasing many works and photographs connected to his journeys into the Australian interior.

Revealing enduring questions about land and environment, Russell Drysdale: Defining the modern Australian landscape confirms Drysdale as a man ahead of his time. Through visual art, he challenged established perceptions of the national landscape.

'... yet another superb publication from Wakefield Press.' - M/C Reviews

Christopher Heathcote, one of Australia's leading art critics, has written on a broad range of creators from Sidney Nolan and Edvard Munch to Virginia Woolf and Ingmar Bergman. An authority in twentieth-century Australian culture, he is the author of several books including A Quiet Revolution: The rise of Australian art 1946-68 and A Quest for Enlightenment: The art of Roger Kemp. Dr Heathcote is a regular contributor to Quadrant magazine and Art Monthly Australia.

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Category Arts, Architecture and Design
Format Jacketed hardback
Size 260 x 210 mm
ISBN 9781743052396
Extent 96 pages
Price: AU$49.95 including GST
Quantity Out of stock