Category Archives: Paintings

Hutton’s Hamming It Up

Hutton’s Hams and Bacon (Pine-Apple Brand) During the 1860s the suburb of Preston in Melbourne’s north saw the introduction  of a bacon-curing factory. Following its opening in 1862, came a tannery in 1865. These original establishments would be followed by … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Bride

Australian crepe wedding dress (1953) made by Violet Cocking (nee Dowey) who had resided in North Street, Castlemaine, prior to her marriage to Stanley Cocking in 1924. The dress was inspired by the gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II upon … Continue reading

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Walk Softly Witch! You Are Wanted by Carter Brown

The 1950s were a golden era for Australian pulp fiction and one of the main attractions was its striking cover art. With import restrictions on books and magazines from the United States (US) in the 1940s and 1950s; opportunities arose … Continue reading

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Hop To It | The Tale of Aurora and Tithonus

[Aurora and Tithonus by Francesco de Nura ] Francesco de Mura (21 April 1696 – 19 August 1782) was an Italian neo-Classicist painter of the late-Baroque period, active mainly in Naples and Turin. He was a pupil of Francesco Solimena, … Continue reading

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The Village Life of Hendra Gunawan

Hendra Gunawan was an Indonesian artist, poet, sculptor and guerilla fighter who was born in Bandung, the capital of West Java, (former Dutch East Indies), on June 11, 1918 and died in Bali on July 17, 1983. Gunawan was best … Continue reading

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Tea for Two and Two for Tea

Peter Philippi was born in 1866 in Trier. He studied between 1885-1902 at the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Art. Between 1895 – 1902 Philippi was taught at the Academy by Professor Eduard von Gebhardt. Upon completion of his studies, Philippi … Continue reading

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Compare the Pair #20 | Every Picture Tells A Story

Original Luncheon of the Boating Party by Pierre-August Renoir. Other, modern day representation and replication of the event by unknown photographer recreating image for The Age Good Weekend prize. Pierre-August Renoir’s (1841-1919) Luncheon of the Boating Party stands as a … Continue reading

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In the Room and Around the ‘Bend

[Above left: Fisherman’s Bend (1963) and above right: The Room] Australian artist Victor George O’Connor was born in Preston, Melbourne on 21 December, 1918. He studied at the prestigious Melbourne High School and studied law at Melbourne University where in late … Continue reading

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Can We Do It? | Yes We Can

The Infamous “We Can Do It!” poster which has become a symbol of women’s empowerment has remained popular since its inception in 1942. The original depicts a 17 year old WW2 factory worker who modeled for the poster which was … Continue reading

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The Art of UNICEF Never Gives Up

[Above: Nicolas Fimbari – The Procession – Italy] The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) provides emergency food and healthcare to children and women in countries that have been devastated by war or other significant emergencies. UNICEF was created by … Continue reading

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The Art of Keiichi Tanaami

Keiichi Tanaami (b. Tokyo, 1936) has been an active artist, illustrator and graphic designer since the 1960’s. He refers himself to an Edokko (a person born and raised in Tokyo). Tanaami’s early career took him to San Francisco in 1968, … Continue reading

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Like A Bridge Over Ponded Waters, I Will Lily You Down

  Claude Monet is the original artist of the great masterpiece painting Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies (1899) oil on canvas 90 cm x 100 cm (Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris) Born Oscar-Claude Monet in France, on 14 November 1840, Monet … Continue reading

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Confessions of an English-Opium Eater & Others

Opium usage in art and literature is not as uncommon as you might think. Fascination with narcotics has reigned interest since the late 19th to early 20th Centuries with movies relating to the drug craze, such as: The Derelict (1914), … Continue reading

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Vanity vs The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy

[Left: Vanity (1907) oil on panel 57 x 38 cm Diploma work accepted 1936 Royal Academy] [Right: La Belle Dame Sans Merci (Aka “The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy“) (1926) canvas 102 x 97 cm private collection, London] English painter and … Continue reading

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Gerard of the Night (Painter By Day)

[The Happy Musician (De Vrolijke Speelman) 108 x 89 cm Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam] Dutch Golden Age artist, “Gerard of the Night” (Gerard van Honthorst, Gerrit van Honthorst) was born on 4th November 1592 in Utrecht. Early in his career he visited … Continue reading

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