Art Gallery Visit

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.

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John Glover’s “Patterdale Farm” 1840
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Arthur Stratton’s “Fire’s On’ Lapstone Tunnel
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4 thoughts on “Art Gallery Visit

  1. tksibbald says:

    Hey Josh!
    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed having a read of your blog and find your dicussion of the painting very insightful. I agree with your point about the contrast between the untouched left side of the painting and the mine on the right side and would go on to say that there are many more contrasting elements of the image in relation to this. I think that the fact that the right side is much lower down really demonstrates what is missing-what has been taken away. The natural beauty shown on the left through bright colours compared to the dull, dustiness of the right side shows the meaning that is lost through the aims of settlers to create “meaning” through what they can take from the land. I really enjoyed your perspective of the painting and the way you compared two paintings to encompass multiple aspects of the issue. Keep it up!

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  2. michaelgriffith1 says:

    HI Joshua, you have created a beautiful web site. Well done. And I love this entry which is written with passion. However, your expression does need careful attention. You need to work hard to get this right.
    *Please attend to editing your work carefully. Here is what I have picked up:
    *regarding on the key issues = regarding the key issues
    * the vast relationships between the people & the land the impacts the relationship has on each other.= the vast relationships between the people & the land. [ the impacts the relationship has on each other.]- this last part of the sentence is ungrammatical – read this aloud…. it does not make good sense. Do you think it is worth leaving out?
    *the contrast of texture on the land— not clear what you mean by this. What is being contrasted with what? This needs more clear thought.
    *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.= Read this aloud. Can you hear that it is not a complete sentence? What is missing? See if you can fix it.
    Please get help from Academic Skills before posting your blogs! https://students.acu.edu.au/services_And_support/academic-skills
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