Presenting works from the 1700s to the 1910s, the AGWA Historical Collection features examples of some of the key art movements of the nineteenth century.
Many works take landscape as their subject, and the artistic approaches range from a precise observation of nature to impressionist works capturing the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere.
Also on view are works that tell a story, and portraits that reveal the inner psychological state of their subjects.
See the 'ten historical paintings to see before you die', including works by Frederick McCubbin, John Longstaff, Hilda Rix Nicholas, and Spencer Gore.
AGWA will be home for the next few months to one of Australia’s iconic colonial-era paintings. Tom Roberts’ Shearing the rams will be on loan from the National Gallery of Victoria until late July, in return for the loan of one of AGWA’s much-loved paintings, Droving into the light, which will be a feature of an NGV exhibition focussing on Hans and Nora Heysen.