Explore AGWA's early works in the Collection including the iconic Down on his luck by Frederick McCubbin.
Presenting works from the 1700s to the 1910s, the AGWA Historical exhibition 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.
Visions of Australia
Two key historical works are spotlighted in AGWA Historical
A major acquisition from pre-Colonial times depicting an Aboriginal fishing community Cases de la Terre de Lewin (Geographe Bay, W.A.) on display 11 April through to 26 August. It’s one of the earliest European visual representations of Western Australia, a fascinating drawing of life in a Noongar campsite dating from 1801. The small-scale gem shows a lively image captured by the renowned French naturalist and artist Charles Lesueur who voyaged under the captaincy of explorer Nicolas Baudin.
Tom Roberts’ famous and much-loved depiction of rural life, Shearing the rams 1890, comes to AGWA on short-term 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.