The 1880s was an exciting time in Australian art, characterised by camaraderie and optimism as younger artists confronted a barely established cultural status quo. They embraced plein-air painting and developed a new freely painted style based on direct observation of the life and landscapes around them. Distinctively local and demonstrably international, it became known as Australian impressionism. Arthur Streeton turned thirteen in 1880 and by the end of the decade was one of the leaders of the new painting movement. The lecture explores the catalysts for the development of Australian impressionism and Streeton’s central role.
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