The Expressionist eye

Australia, 1981

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Episode number 19 of Series “The Australian eye IV”.
Recollections of Melbourne in the 1940s. Examines the rise of artists: Arthur Boyd, Josl Bergner, Joy Hester, Sidney Nolan, John Perceval, Albert Tucker Danila Vassilief, John Reed, Peter Herbst, Barrett Reid and Bernard Smith. This film provides an understanding of that rebellious period when the course of Australian art took a new direction under European Expressionism.



David Muir


Malcolm Otton

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Australian National Gallery

Film Australia







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Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Melbourne (Vic.)

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art - Australia

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art - History

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art, Modern - 20th century - Australia

Crafts & Visual Arts → Australian National Gallery

Crafts & Visual Arts → Bergner, Yosl, 1920-

Crafts & Visual Arts → Expressionism (Art)

Crafts & Visual Arts → Hester, Joy, 1920-1960

Crafts & Visual Arts → Nolan, Sidney, Sir, 1917-1992

Crafts & Visual Arts → Perceval, John, 1923-

Crafts & Visual Arts → Tucker, Albert, 1914-

Crafts & Visual Arts → Vassilieff, Danila, 1897-1958


Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Bergner, Yosl, 1920-

History → History

People → Bergner, Yosl, 1920-

People → Boyd, Arthur, 1920-

People → Hester, Joy, 1920-1960

People → Nolan, Sidney, Sir, 1917-1992

People → Perceval, John, 1923-

People → Tucker, Albert, 1914-

People → Vassilieff, Danila, 1897-1958

Places → Melbourne (Vic.)

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

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