Welcome to 'In the Artist's Footsteps'. This website is being developed as a site for art lovers and students throughout the world to gain an appreciation of the lives and works of Australian Artists and the social environments in which they lived and painted.
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Our starting point has been chartered by the Icon painters of the Australian Heidelberg School - Tom Roberts, Sir Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder and Walter Withers, who as young men created so much of Australia's cultural fabric with the plein air impressionistic paintings of every aspect of Australian life and environment.
During this period there were a number of significant women painter's of the Heidelberg School including Elizabeth Parsons, Jane Price, Clara Southern, Jane Sutherland and May Vale.
Tom Roberts, born 8 March 1856 at Dorchester, Dorset, England is the subject of special celebration of Australia's Centenary of Federation through the painting of the Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by H.R.H. the Duke of Cornwall and York, (later King George V) May 9 1901 (1903). The opening of Federal Parliament 1901 was held at the Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne. This painting was finished two years after the event. The painting is now exhibited at Parliament House Canberra.
In the Artist's Footsteps is curated by leading Australian Art Historian Andrew Mackenzie who has studied and written about Australian artists for the past thirty years. We are fortunate to have access to his incisive comment for accuracy and personal knowledge.
We invite you to enjoy a walk 'In the Artist's Footsteps' and share the information with friends and family.
Left: Arthur Streeton
- Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890