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Indigenous Art

Indigenous Australian art can be traced back to approximately 45,000 years ago. 

 
Ancient Indigenous Rock Art
Early
Exploration
1600 - 1773
Colonialism
1778 - 1880
Impressionism
1880 - 1915
Federalism &
Nationalism
1901 - 1920
Modernism
1914 - 1940
Depression & WWII
1929 - 1945
Post
Modernism
1945 - 2000
Contemporary Art
2000 - 
 Art Periods since 1600
 
Federalism &
Nationalism
1901 - 1920

Art Nouveau

Modernism
1914 - 1940

Post Impressionism

Tonalism

Expressionism

Abstract Art

Depression & WWII
1929 - 1945

Surrealism

Social Realism

Post
Modernism
1945 - 2000
Contemporary Art
2000 - 
Movements, Schools and Groups
 

There has been a range of movements, styles and affiliations during Australia's art history. These include: 

The Heidelberg School (and Australian Impressionism)

Tonalism

Julian Ashton School

The George Bell School

The Heide Circle (Sunday and John Reed)

Antipodean Movement

Art Nouveau

Symbolism

Surrealism

Some key events in Australia's early art history

Absalom West, emancipated convict, set up business as publisher of prints in Sydney (commencing with a series of engravings of the infant colony).

First art school established in Sydney by John William Lewin

Richard Read senior, first portrait painter, opens art school in Sydney

 

 

 

Two lithographic presses set up at Parramatta Observatory

Augustus Earle opens gallery in Sydney

Thomas Bock (artist and engraver) opens business in Hobart while still assigned convict 

Mechanics School of Arts opened in Sydney to promote culture

First art exhibition - held in Hobart

 

Wood engraving begin to be used instead of woodcuts for newspaper illustrations

Possible first lithograph by woman artist, Maria Barney, NSW

First volume of John Gould's Birds of Australia published (Elizabeth Gould major contributor to work.)

National School of Art gives its first lecture

Robin Vaughan Hood set up business as carver, gilder (picture framer), lithographer and dealer in fine arts in Hobert

276 works displayed at the first public exhibition of paintings in Australia in Hobart's legislative chamber

S.T. Gill organises an Artists' Exhibition in Adelaide

Exhibition for the Society for the Promotion of Fine Arts in Australia in Sydney

School of Arts established in Brisbane

 

 

 

First art exhibition in Melbourne

Sketch Club formed in Sydney

First Art Society formed - The South Australian Society of Arts

Earliest technical art school in Australia established - South Australian School of Arts and Crafts

Art Treasures Exhibition, Hobart

National Gallery of Victoria established

National Gallery School of Art of Victoria established

Artisans' Schools of Design established in Melbourne

Melbourne Exhibition - Ornamental and Decorative Art

 

Sydney Intercolonial exhibition

Victorian Artists Society formed 

The Academy of Art was founded - later to become AGNSW (1880)

First exhibition of colonial art, under the auspices of the Academy,  held at the Chamber of Commerce,

Apsley Falls by Conrad Martens is the first work on paper by an Australian artist to be acquired by the Art Gallery of NSW  -  commissioned by the trustees and purchased for £50 out of the first government grant of £500.

Mount Olympus, Lake St Clair, Tasmania by WC Piguenit first oil painting by an Australian artist to be acquired by AGNSW

Sydney International exhibition

Art Society of NSW formed by Arthur and George Collingridge and other artists

Art Gallery of South Australia founded

Society of Painters in Pastel established

First regional art gallery in Australia opens at Ballarat in Victoria

Beginnings of Heidelberg group

Travelling scholarship established in Victoria - awarded to John Longstaff

Melbourne Centennial Exhibition

First Australian magazine devoted to art, Australian Art by George Collingridge

 9 x 5 Impressionist Exhibition in Melbourne

Julian Ashton School of Arts/ Sydney Art School opens in Sydney 1890

Art Gallery of Western Australia opens

Queensland National Art Gallery opens

National Society of Mural Painters Established

Queensland National Art Gallery first Australian acquisition - Josephine Muntz-Adams's Care c.1893

 

The inaugural Wynne Prize is awarded to Walter Withers for The storm

Constance Jenkyns first woman to win travelling scholarship in Australia

Magazine Art in Australia published by Sydney Ure Smith

The inaugural Archibald Prize is awarded to WB McInnes for Desbrowe Annear.

National Gallery of Australia in Canberra opens

- 1820

1812

1814

 

1820 - 40

1821

1826

1831

1833

1837

1840 - 50

1830s

1836

1840

1843

1844

 

1845

1847

1848

1949

1850 - 70

 

1853

1855?

1856

1858

1861

1867

1869

1870 - 90

1870

1870s

1872

1874

 

1875

1879

1880

1881

1880s

1884

1885

1887

1888

1889

1890s

1890

1895

1897

1898

1900 -

1908

1916 - 42

1922

1982

 

Key Sources include:

Moore, William, The Story of Australian Art, Angus and Robertson, Melbourne, 1980

Australian Dictionary of Biography

National Library of Australia

Art Gallery of New South Wales

National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery of Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia

State Library of Victoria

State Library of New South Wales

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Sydney Art School

As the list of key events is not easy to read on a mobile device, please either use a PC or laptop, or view the pdf

If you have any questions, comments, or other key dates to add,  please contact me.