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Art of Australia : Volume 1: Exploration to Federation - John McDonald

Art of Australia

Volume 1: Exploration to Federation

Hardcover

Published: 1st December 2008
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This is the most beautifully published book on Australian art. It does exclude Aboriginal art during this period, other than a half dozen pages at the beginning dedicated to some exquisite Aboriginal wall painting that would have been painted prior to European arrival. The book covers art from the first fleet through to federation, or the end of the 19th century and Aboriginal art has really come to the fore in the past 50 years so that would clearly explain its omission from this volume.
The quality of the printing is of the absolute highest quality and you simply can not fault it. It really is a collectible book in its own right for the sheer perfection of the publication. There is an extensive amount of accompanying text which really does set this book as a complete history and pictorial account of Australian art. It should be a must for anyone with a keen interest in Australian art or Australian history for that matter as much of our past is shared through the art of this period. It is too heavy and thick for a coffee table book, it weighs in at 3.7 kilograms and has over 650 pages, it is a superb reference book that will sit with pride on your bookshelf.
I highly recommend this book for yourself or alternatively it is the perfect gift for someone very special.
We will always try and keep a copy in stock ready to ship but it was published in 2008 so supply may run low, so please get in quick before it goes out of print, you will thank me if you do. There is no doubt this book will hold its value over time.
Reviewed by Tony Nash, Booktopia's CEO

Book Description

In this first volume of a brilliant new history of Australian art, John McDonald, the highly-regarded art critic of the "Sydney Morning Herald", takes us from the times of pre-history, settlement and exploration, to the end of the colonial era.

In the first comprehensive overview of the field since the 1960s, McDonald reassesses the reputations of many leading artists, and links their achievements with the broader patterns of social history and ideas.

Along with in-depth discussions of major works, the narrative teems with characters and anecdotes, from the era of the First Fleet to that of the Australian Impressionists.

The story of Australian art is told in a more vivid and engaging style than ever before, in a lavishly illustrated book destined to take its place as the definitive work on the subject.

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Extremely impressive

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  • Easy To Understand
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    This is an extremely comprehensive and beautifully presented book, with large colour plates. Perfect for the art enthusiast. It is very substantial - amazing value.

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    A collectible for Australian art lovers

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    from Sydney, AU

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    • Broad Appeal
    • Collectible
    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Understand
    • Informative
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      • Art history
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      Comments about Art of Australia:

      This is the most beautifully published book on Australian art. It does exclude Aboriginal art during this period, other than a half dozen pages at the beginning dedicated to some exquisite Aboriginal wall painting that would have been painted prior to European arrival. The book covers art from the first fleet through to federation, or the end of the 19th century and Aboriginal art has really come to the fore in the past 50 years so that would clearly explain its omission from this volume.
      The quality of the printing is of the absolute highest quality and you simply can not fault it. It really is a collectible book in its own right for the sheer perfection of the publication. There is an extensive amount of accompanying text which really does set this book as a complete history and pictorial account of Australian art. It should be a must for anyone with a keen interest in Australian art or Australian history for that matter as much of our past is shared through the art of this period. It is too heavy and thick for a coffee table book, it weighs in at 3.7 kilograms and has over 650 pages, it is a superb reference book that will sit with pride on your bookshelf.
      I highly recommend this book for yourself or alternatively it is the perfect gift for someone very special.
      There is no doubt this book will hold its value over time.
      Reviewed by Tony Nash, Booktopia's CEO

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      ISBN: 9781405038690
      ISBN-10: 1405038691
      Audience: General
      Format: Hardcover
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 656
      Published: 1st December 2008
      Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 27.8 x 25.2  x 5.4
      Weight (kg): 3.73
      Edition Number: 1