Musings In an Art Gallery

Details of Tom Roberts’ Bailed Up © A. Harrison

Whenever I visit the Art Gallery of NSW — and I’ve known this art gallery since I was a child — it’s a different painting that captures my attention.

Tom Roberts’ Bailed Up (painted in 1895) remains for me an iconic Australian work. Roberts was one of the first painters to capture the heat of the Australian bush; looking at this painting, I can hear the cicadas throbbing in the background. A horse flicks its tail at…

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