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One way to begin a landscape painting

Australian painter Jeff Woodger has a passion for post-romantic landscape painting. His work hangs in collections in Japan and New York, but he spends much of his time in regional galleries around Victoria, viewing their collections of landscape paintings. Woodger maps out the first steps in his painting process as he selects ...

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Painting a blank canvas outdoors

Do you fear the blank page or canvas when you're about to create an artwork? Musician Henry Wagons has felt this fear when writing music but also felt it when he first tried landscape painting. See how his painting turned out after he had a little help from an expert.

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'An Australian fjord'

This is a large oil painting, measuring 124.5 cm x 88.7 cm, and painted by W C Piguenit (1836-1914) between 1899 and 1901. A mist has just lifted, revealing a sweeping panorama, all slick and shiny and wet in the early morning light. Beyond a foreground of rocks and tangled vegetation, a mirror-smooth river runs off into ...

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'View of the town of Sydney in the colony of New South Wales'

This oil painting, measuring 65 cm x 133 cm and painted around 1799, shows a very early view of the penal settlement of Sydney Town, approximately 12 years after first settlement (1788). It was probably painted in Britain from on-the-spot sketches made by the convict artist Thomas Watling (1762-c1814). The panorama takes ...

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'Cumberland Creek, near Apollo Bay'

This is an oil painting on canvas, measuring 46.0 cm x 61.2 cm, and painted by the Australian colonial artist Nicholas Chevalier (1828-1902) in 1863. It shows a river valley dominated by hills and a rugged escarpment. The time is possibly late afternoon, and shadows have cloaked the river banks in the foreground to the ...

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King George Sound, 1834 - asset 1

This is one of eight sections of a hand-coloured print showing part of the area around King George Sound (originally known as King George's Sound), on Australia's south-west coast. The print, measuring 19.0 cm x 274.2 cm, is entitled 'Panoramic view of King George's Sound, part of the colony of Swan River'. It was made ...

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King George Sound, 1834 - asset 2

This is one of eight sections of a hand-coloured print showing part of the area around King George Sound (originally known as King George's Sound), on Australia's south-west coast. The print, measuring 19.0 cm x 274.2 cm, is entitled 'Panoramic view of King George's Sound, part of the colony of Swan River'. It was produced ...

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King George Sound, 1834 - asset 3

This is one of eight sections of a hand-coloured print showing part of the area around King George Sound (originally known as King George's Sound), on Australia's south-west coast. The print, measuring 19.0 cm x 274.2 cm, is entitled 'Panoramic view of King George's Sound, part of the colony of Swan River'. It was produced ...

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King George Sound, 1834 - asset 4

This is one of eight sections of a hand-coloured print showing part of the area around King George Sound (originally known as King George's Sound), on Australia's south-west coast. The print, measuring 19.0 cm x 274.2 cm, is entitled 'Panoramic view of King George's Sound, part of the colony of Swan River'. It was produced ...

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King George Sound, 1834 - asset 5

This is one of eight sections of a hand-coloured print showing part of the area around King George Sound (originally known as King George's Sound), on Australia's south-west coast. The print, measuring 19.0 cm x 274.2 cm, is entitled 'Panoramic view of King George's Sound, part of the colony of Swan River'. It was produced ...

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King George Sound, 1834 - asset 6

This is one of eight sections of a hand-coloured print showing part of the area around King George Sound (originally known as King George's Sound), on Australia's south-west coast. The print, measuring 19.0 cm x 274.2 cm, is entitled 'Panoramic view of King George's Sound, part of the colony of Swan River'. It was produced ...

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King George Sound, 1834 - asset 7

This is one of eight sections of a hand-coloured print showing part of the area around King George Sound (originally known as King George's Sound), on Australia's south-west coast. The print, measuring 19.0 cm x 274.2 cm, is entitled 'Panoramic view of King George's Sound, part of the colony of Swan River'. It was produced ...

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King George Sound, 1834 - asset 8

This is one of eight sections of a hand-coloured print showing part of the area around King George Sound (originally known as King George's Sound), on Australia's south-west coast. The print, measuring 19.0 cm x 274.2 cm, is entitled 'Panoramic view of King George Sound, part of the colony of Swan River'. It was produced ...

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Early scenes of Canberra, c1926 - asset 1

This is an excerpt from a reel of original, unedited black-and-white silent footage of early Canberra, shot in about 1926, compiled at the National Library of Australia. It is part of an extensive film and photographic record of the building of Canberra that was commissioned by the Australian Government of the time. The ...

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Sutton panoramic camera, c1861

This is a panoramic camera, designed in England by Thomas Sutton, and one of about 30 produced. The camera lens is made up of two hollow glass hemispheres. The flap on the front of the camera lifts up to allow an image to be taken.

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'Anzac, the landing 1915'

This unusually large oil painting on canvas (190.5 cm x 350.5 cm) depicts the near-impossible task that confronted soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during the landing at Gallipoli in Turkey on 25 April 1915. Diminutive men in angular postures are being fired upon from above as they attempt to scale ...

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'The charge of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade at the Nek, 7 August 1915'

This is a painting showing soldiers of the 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade launching from their trenches at Gallipoli to cross a small plain with the intention of capturing Turkish trenches. Some men are running directly into machine-gun fire at close range, some are lying dead on the ground, and others are falling after ...

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'The beach at Anzac'

This is a painting showing daily life at Anzac Cove, Turkey, during the First World War some days after the Anzac landing at Gallipoli of 25 April 1915. From launches at temporary jetties on a calm sea, men unload crates of supplies. Others cart the vital resource of fresh water up the cliffs. They are already accustomed ...

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Sidney Nolan: 'Kiata', c1943

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'Kiata' by Sidney Nolan and catalogue information about the painting. There is also a video with audio commentary and corresponding onscreen text that provides an interpretation of the painting, and information about the artist's views. The painting represents ...

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James Cant: 'Objects in the landscape', 1936

This resource includes an enlargeable image, with corresponding catalogue information, of the surrealist painting 'Objects in the landscape' by James Cant (1911-82). There is also a video with audio commentary, onscreen text on the artist's career and an interpretation of the painting. Cant was influenced by Surrealism, ...