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Coming of Age

The Art of Australia Episode 2 of 3

Edmund Capon explores how Australian art evolved in the first half of the 20th century against the backdrop of two world wars. As modern artists expressed both the dreams and demons of this new nation, they met with decades of disapproval from the old guard, until they finally revolutionised Australian art and heralded its arrival on the world stage.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Wed 14 Sep 2016 02:00

Artwork featured in this episode

  • ‘Anzac, the Landing’ (1922) George Lambert
  • ‘Lance Corporal M, after Afghanistan’ (2012) Ben Quilty
  • ‘Droving into the Light’ (1921) Hans Heysen
  • ‘The Bridge in Curve’ (1930) Grace Cossington Smith
  • ‘Sunbaker’ (1937) Max Dupain
  • ‘Australian Beach Pattern’ (1940) Charles Meere
  • ‘The Bathers’ (1989) Anne Zahalka
  • ‘Aboriginals in Fitzroy’ (1941) Yosl Bergner
  • ‘Poverty and Prostitution’ (1943) Danila Vassilieff
  • ‘Victory Girls’ (1943) Albert Tucker
  • ‘Girl’ (1957) Joy Hester
  • ‘Boy and the Moon’ (1940) Sidney Nolan
  • ‘Ned Kelly’ (1946) Sidney Nolan
  • ‘Inland Australia’ (1950) Sidney Nolan
  • ‘Sofala’ (1946) Russell Drysdale
  • ‘Group of Aborigines’ (1953) Russell Drysdale
  • ‘Bride Running Away’ (1957) Arthur Boyd


Role Contributor
PresenterEdmund Capon
DirectorTim Lambert
DirectorLouise Turley