Light From the Shadows

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Artists of Ali Curung
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Walking Dancing Belonging
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Emily In Japan - The Making of An Exhibition
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Painting Country
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The Australian Modernists 1916-1942
Part of the Series: The Australian Eye Series
This Australian Eye episode examines the work of a group of painters known as the Australian Modernists (1916-1942). The following paintings are examined: 'Down The Hills to Berrys Bay' (1916) by Roland Wakelin, 'Rhythmic Composition in Yellow Green Minor ' (1919) by Roy de Maistre, 'The Lacquer Room' (c. 1936)…