Russell Drysdale: The Drawings

By Lou Klepac


Russell Drysdale: The Drawings celebrates Drysdale’s achievement as a draughtsman. Coming into prominence during the 1940s amid the cultural and social changes precipitated by the Second World War, Drysdale initiated a new vision of Australian landscape that replaced the pastoralism of the Heidelberg School. Alongside Sidney Nolan, Drysdale transformed Australian painting by providing a view more in line with modern ideas and perceptions of the time. He revealed the vastness, emptiness and dryness of the Australian landscape and its effects on the people who survived in those sparse, arid conditions. This book covers the expanse of his career; including both working drawings and drawings made for their own sake. It also delves into the nature of drawing itself, and the changes that this discipline has undergone during the twentieth century.

168 pages
Hardcover Colour Illustrations


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