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'A break away!'

This is an oil painting on canvas (137.3 cm x 167.8 cm) created by Tom Roberts. It depicts an outback scene in the late 19th century, set in the Riverina district of New South Wales during a drought. A mob of sheep is being moved by drovers through a parched landscape in search of water and green pastures. Smelling water, ...

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'Red gold', 1913

This is a 1913 oil painting by Hans Heysen (1877-1968). It captures a moment at the end of the day as a herdsman takes his cows home down a country road. In the foreground are two massive gum trees, behind which are stands of gums that stretch away towards a distant line of hills. The golden light, which floods the entire ...

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Abo history (facts) [Aboriginal history (facts)], 1988

This is a painting by Ngaku/Dunghutti artist Robert Campbell Jr presenting an Aboriginal version of Australian history in 12 cartoon-like frames. It was commissioned for the National Aboriginal Art Award in 1988 during Australia's bicentenary of colonisation. The title, chosen by the artist, includes the derogatory term ...

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'Impressionists' camp', 1889

In this 13.9 cm x 24.0 cm oil sketch on paper two men are seen against a window inside a big, sparsely furnished room. One man in a brown jacket and lighter pants is seated looking at a piece of paper, while the other, in a dark suit and bowler hat and smoking a pipe, stands looking down at him. A painting hangs on the ...

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'Pumpkins', c1942

This oil painting by Yosl Bergner shows a shaven-headed man as he strains forward to haul a cart filled with pumpkins. He is followed by a shaven-headed barefoot child, and is being watched by a gaunt woman. These three people are walled off by a high row of terrace houses behind them. Apart from the orange pumpkins and ...

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'The new order', 1942

This painting by Noel Counihan shows five soldiers with rifles who have just executed civilians against a wall and are slouching away with their helmeted heads lowered. To the right stands a soldier who must have given the order to fire. He is looking down at an old man with a white beard and a younger woman with blood ...

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'The chase', 1946

In this enamel painting by Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly's armour and a gun are mounted on a galloping horse. The armour has red and yellow stripes. The horse is brown with four white socks, and it has a flat saddle held in place by a thin strap, but no stirrups, and there are reins but no bridle. A policeman mounted on a white ...