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Australian Notebooks - Betty Churcher

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A delightful and enlightening whirlwind tour of some of the great masterpieces in Australian galleries

In Australian Notebooks, Betty Churcher revisits some of the artworks she most cherishes—a seminal Picasso, early works of the Heidelberg School, a striking portrait by Lucian Freud—and invites us to look afresh at the treasures that can be found in Australian galleries.

Taking in the glorious work of Australian artists such as John Olsen, Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan, as well as masterpieces by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse and Giambattista Tiepolo, through her own accomplished skteches Betty draws out the particular charm and context of each piece.

Interwoven with extraordinary stories—one canvas flew off the back of a truck on the Pacific Highway; another was imported from Imperial Russia, paid for with a briefcase full of cash—Betty's engaging insights bring the artworks to life.

With gorgeous full-colour reproductions, this is a book to turn to again and again for inspiration, solace and delight.

About the Author

Betty Churcher AO is one of Australia's most loved cultural commentators. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, she was director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 1987 to 1990 and of the National Gallery of Australia from 1990 to 1997. She has written several acclaimed books, including Notebooks, The Art of War, Treasures of Canberra and Adam and Sarah Explore Turner, has been art critic for The Australian and has written and presented successful television art programs such as Take Five and Hidden Treasures. Earlier in her life she was a painter and won a travelling scholarship to Europe, where she became an associate and graduate of the Royal College of Art, London and gained a Master of Arts from the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London. She has four sons and seven grandchildren and lives in sheep country in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales.

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    5.0

    Fascinating

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      Service and delivery were exemplary very pleased with the book and the service.

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      Beautiful Book

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        Saw this on a program on T.V. and is just as I expected

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        Australian Notebooke by Betty Churcher

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          a wonderful gift book, one to be dipped into and savoured again and again

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            I am delighted with my purchase, have ordered copies to give to two friends. This book will go with us when we next visit a state gallery, so that I can use it as a reference.

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            ISBN: 9780522864199
            ISBN-10: 0522864198
            Audience: Tertiary; University or College
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 277
            Published: 1st April 2014
            Publisher: Melbourne University Press
            Dimensions (cm): 25.6 x 19.0  x 2.0
            Weight (kg): 0.89