The story of Australian Colonial art. This ebook provides a comprehensive introduction to Australia's history and development from precolonial times, discovery, settlement and exploration to the centenary period (1880s) through the eyes of the artists at the time, including free settlers, visitors and convicts. It explores the way artists related to their new and alien landscape, the indigenous population and emerging society over time. The art is presented with analysis in its historical context. Created for educational purposes and aimed at upper secondary school level, at the same time it seeks to promote appreciation and understanding of art and the history of Australia's colonial period for the general interested reader.
Selected quality reproductions are presented and discussed in context.