Australian Pastoral: The Making of a White Landscape

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Fremantle Press, 2007 - Art - 303 pages
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Mapping the tradition of pastoral painting in Australia, charting its entanglement with the great pastoral settlement of the country, this new interpretation of contact history argues that the twin strategies of friendship and betrayal were used to defeat black sovereignty over the land and that these entered the narrative of the new nation’s artists. Pastoral capitalism became the means by which the country was won, while the ancient frameworks of the pastoral were used to celebrate the pleasures of land ownership and honor the rewards of labor. And in the 20th century, with the emergence of modernism and fascism, the nation was reawakened to the values of rural Australia--in an excess of pastoraphilia. But with the defeat of European fascism the pastoral landscape lost its currency and in its place came a new pastoral landscape in the art of the great black painters of the outback.

 

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Contents

List of Paintings
9
Friendship and Betrayal in New South Wales
15
Arthur Streeton Australia Felix 1907 iii
17
William Bradley Taking ofColbee 6 Benalon 1789
24
Artist unknown A native going to Fish with a Torch and flambeaux
30
John Lewin Spring Wood 1815
36
James Taylor Bathursts Fall 1820
43
Advertising the Land
45
Eugene von Guerard Mr Muirheads Station 1856
124
Eugene von Guerard Bushy Park 1861
130
Eugene von Guerard Ferntree Gully 1857
141
Two Versions of Pastoral
143
Arthur Streeton Above us the great grave sky Twilight pastoral 1890
145
Tom Roberts Smike Streeton age 24 1891
159
How Pastoral Capitalism Made the Heidelberg School
162
Tom Roberts First Sketch for Shearing the rams 1890
172

Augustus Earle Bungaree a native of New South Wales c 1826
57
Joseph Lycett Wooloomooloo 1825
59
The Failure of Civic Humanism in Tasmania
65
John Glover My Harvest Home 1835
73
John Glover The River Nile Van Diemens Land 1837
80
Benjamin Duterrau The Conciliation 1840
87
Is it Cricket? Pastoral and Georgic in South Australia
95
John Michael Crossland Portrait of Nannultera 1854
96
Samuel Thomas Gill Spring
102
Samuel Thomas Gill Winter
109
Samuel Thomas Gill Native Dignity 1866
116
Von Guerards Dilemma
120
Europes Endowment in the Landscape
183
Arthur Streeton The purple noons transparent might 1896
185
Social Darwinism and White Supremacism
195
George Lambert A sergeant of the Light Horse in Palestine 1920
204
Arthur Murch The calf 1929
229
Et in Arcadia ego
231
Russell Drysdale The Outstation 1965
247
Endnotes
261
Bibliography
285
Acknowledgements
295
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About the author (2007)

Jeanette Hoorn is associate professor in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She has published widely in Australian and Pacific art and film. Her other books include and Body Trade: Captivity, Cannibalism and Colonialism in the Pacific, Vox Republicae: Women and the Republic, and Strange Women: Essays in Gender. She is currently working on an exhibition of Charles Darwin in Australia for the bicentenary celebrations of Darwin’s birth. Her research and teaching interests include Australian indigenous art, documentary and ethnographic cinema, and the European civilizing mission. She has held fellowships at Yale, Berkeley, the University of London, and the Australian National University.

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