Anachronism in Australian art: Italian early modem art in mid twentieth century Australian figurative painting

Joanne Susan Baitz

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Abstract

The anachronistic presence of the art of Piero della Francesca and the Italian Early Modems in the work of mid-twentieth-century Australian figurative painters provides an entry point into an interpretation of their art. Theories of anachronism applied to the work of Justin O'Brien, Jeffrey Smart, Jean Bellette and Russell Drysdale reveal how they made use of Early Modern art to illuminate the character of their own period. Examining how these Australian artists engaged with temporality offers insights into how they understood their time and provides new understanding of the ancient Italian and recent European art that captivated them.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date6 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

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