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Tom Roberts’ Shearing the Rams

13 February - 28 July 2019 Perth Cultural Centre

Tom Roberts’ Shearing the Rams

13 February - 28 July 2019 Perth Cultural Centre

AGWA will be home for the next few months to one of Australia’s iconic colonial-era paintings. Tom Roberts’ Shearing the Rams will be on loan from the National Gallery of Victoria until late July, in return for the loan of one of AGWA’s much-loved paintings, Droving into the light, which will be a feature of a NGV exhibition focussing on Hans and Nora Heysen.

Shearing the Rams will hang alongside AGWA’s own Down on his luck by Frederick McCubbin, and will give you a rare opportunity to see these two great nationalistic narrative paintings side-by-side. Both works take rural subject matter as the starting point for their images of Australian identity, but Roberts presents a positive vision of the pastoral industry, far removed from McCubbin’s image of a struggling pioneer.

Tom Roberts Shearing the rams 1890 (detail). Oil on canvas on composition board. 122.4 x 183.3 cm; 170 x 230.4 x 9.5 cm (framed). National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Felton Bequest, 1932.

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