Identity, Community and Australian Artists, 1890-1914: Paris, London and Further Afield (Paperback)

Identity, Community and Australian Artists, 1890-1914: Paris, London and Further Afield By Kate R. Robertson Cover Image
Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days


An irresistible call lured Australian artists abroad between 1890 and 1914, a transitional period immediately pre- and post-federation. Travelling enabled an extension of artistic frontiers, and Paris - the centre of art - and London - the heart of the Empire - promised wondrous opportunities. These expatriate artists formed communities based on their common bond to Australia, enacting their Australian-ness in private and public settings.

Yet, they also interacted with the broader creative community, fashioning a network of social and professional relationships. They joined ateliers in Paris such as the Acad mie Julian, clubs like the Chelsea Arts Club in London and visited artist colonies including St Ives in England and taples in France. Australian artists persistently sought a sense of belonging, negotiating their identity through activities such as plays, balls, tableaux, parties, dressing-up and, of course, the creation of art. While individual biographies are integral to this study, it is through exploring the connections between them that it offers new insights.

Through utilising extensive archival material, much of which has limited or no publication history, this book fills a gap in existing scholarship. It offers a vital exploration re-consideration of the fluidity of identity, place and belonging in the lives and work of Australian artists in this juncture in British-Australian history.

About the Author

Kate R. Robertson is an affiliate of the University of Sydney based in New York, USA.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781501388712
ISBN-10: 1501388711
Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Publication Date: May 19th, 2022
Pages: 256
Language: English