Question: Describe the impact on you of ONE of the paintings viewed on our tour- talk about how it has opened up your understanding of the key issues in the period we are studying.
For this week, we took a tour into the sights of Australian literature through a visual aspect. From artworks created between the early 19th century to the late 20th century, the vast array of different types of artworks visually shows the many aspects of pre & early colonisation period where the paintings express the relationships between the land and those who live on it.
The one main painting that has had a major impact on me, regarding the key issues raised while studying Australian literature is Arthur Streeton’s “Fire’s on” Lapstone Tunnel (1891). The Artist has visualised an aspect of Australian Landscape and shows the vast relationships between the people.
As the painting is blended with the two different aspects, the artist has shown the contrast of texture of the land, where this shows the industrialisation impact on the landscape as well as the naturalistic art of Australia’s land. As the right hand side of the painting shows the industrial influence on the land as it has been ‘altered’ for the purpose that they are mining in the land, it is clear that the influences of industrialism has allowed us humans to be able to use natural resources as a key for survival, yet a key profit also.
The key issue that has been highlighted in this painting in the period of studying Australian literature is the British influence of the land as this reflects John Glover’s “Patterdale Farm” where this painting shows the early stages of British Colonisation within Australia in the early 19th century.
The relationship between the landscape and those who live on it has a powerful impact on the land where we utilise the land for natural resources, allowing us to grow & produce food along with using the plants for oxygen & shelter, in which is the basic necessities of human life.