Tom Roberts by Humphrey McQueen

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May 1996, no. 180

Tom Roberts by Humphrey McQueen

Macmillan, $60.00 hb, 784 pp

Tom Roberts by Humphrey McQueen

by
May 1996, no. 180

Almost at the end of his very long biography, Tom Roberts, Humphrey McQueen wonders why – if Australian landscape painting had so much need of a father – ‘no-one thought to install Margaret Preston as the mother’ of the genre? He has a suggestive answer to a question which needed to be posed:

That landscape art should seek a father when our culture describes nature and the earth as mothers is not a contradiction. We distinguish the given as feminine from the created as masculine. Nurturing is perceived as a passive bearing whereas men transform nature by their activities, whether ringbarking or painting.

Peter Pierce reviews 'Tom Roberts' by Humphrey McQueen

Tom Roberts

by Humphrey McQueen

Macmillan, $60.00 hb, 784 pp

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