Sydney Moderns


This important new book looks at one of the most distinctive periods in the history of Australian art, bracketed between the two world wars from 1915 into the 1940s. The Sydney Moderns were progressive artists at the forefront of the development of modernism in Australia. They produced exuberant, cosmopolitan paintings, prints, sculptures, designs and applied arts in response to and as part of the changing modern world and the international modernist movement. With the rise of the new city, artists explored and promoted modernity through the revolutions in colour and light which accompanied European modernism, and advanced the forms of abstraction. Artists include Ralph Balson, Dorrit Black, Harold Cazneaux, Grace Cossington Smith, Olive Cotton, Roy de Maistre, Max Dupain, Adrian Feint, Rah Fizelle, Frank Hinder, Margel Hinder, Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor and Roland Wakelin, among many others.

328 pages
Paperback Colour Illustrations