The revolutionary years of Australian Art. Illustrated.
In the 1930s and 1940s they were Australia's rebels' - Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Arthur Boyd, John Perceval, Yosl Bergner, Noel Counihan and others, artists whose work reflected the intensity of their lives. Against a climate of the Great Depression, World War II and the beginnings of the Cold War, these artists and their older forerunners broke through to a new art. For most of them, the two decades following the depression were times of personal struggle and social activism. There were clashes between radical artists and conservative patrons, rebel faction and another. This was no romantic 'golden age', but one altogether more challenging. And out of it sprang what are arguably Australia's most original and enduring works of art. Richard Haese, in examining not only the art of the period but also the social and political preoccupations of these artists, their friends and their critics, recreates this remarkable scene in a way that enlarges our understanding of the intellectual forces of our development, the making of our traditions.
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