Bloggers, guess who is back! This week’s Blog I’ve invested completely around our individual literary interpretations of the Australian land through artwork. When each person reads a piece of literature or views a piece of artwork the way it is interpreted may be different due to the different ways people visualise, think and see.

Today, I visited the NSW Art Gallery to be shocked at learning as well as engaging in interesting things and putting my own interpretation of my visualization of it to the test. A painting which I could not seem to get out of my head was W. Lister Lister’s painting “The Golden Splendor of the Bush” which was created in 1906. The ongoing theme that resided with the painting was its untouched authentic beauty as the sunlight shone onto the trees in it’s natural setting.

At first glance at this stunning artwork the landscape in my opinion was seen as pure and realistic from when compared to other paintings I had come across during my visit. Nothing that was present in the artwork needed to be changed or improved in my eyes. The word ‘Golden’ in “The Golden Splendor of the Bush” can be seen through the shades of red and light orange upon the stalk and tree stumps making the largely seen trees stand out with their glowing beauty as well as being “Golden” in value. I believe that W. Lister Lister’s obvious attitude towards the strong predominant salient image of the main tree stalk is alluding to the continuous growth of Australian land. The bottom half of the painting, viewed with bright green tones, vaguely shows the current standings of new trees stalks rising, displaying that Australian beauty is continuous. Commonly known as the Sydney Red Gums, the painting is one of appreciating and valuing the natural elements through it’s tone and setting, expressing that the Australian bush is worth something as it can be overwhelming to the rest of the world.

Overall, “The Golden Splendor of the Bush” by W. Lister Lister is truly focused on the what natures underlying beauty. Painted in a realistic view of what the Australian landscape truly looks like and making evident that the bush is worth something.

See you all next time!

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11 thoughts on “#3 Landscape.. Our Interpretations

  1. It was great reading about your individual interpretations of the Australian land through artwork. Throughout your blog It has come to my understanding that you have become very appreciative of this beautiful painting and that it holds great value to yourself.
    keep it up 🙂

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  2. Hey Anna!

    I really enjoy the way you have taken on the title of the painting itself and put your own spin and opinion on it. The reference to “golden” and its connection with the colours used in the artwork was very specific, and therefore a unique and good pick up. I thoroughly enjoyed the way you talked about the landscape as a whole, as well as the references you made to colour and the meanings each colour has. To improve your blog post for next time, perhaps just do a quick re-read as there were a few brief punctuation/grammatical errors which can be easily edited quickly. Anyway keep up the great work, I love reading what you have to say! 🙂

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  3. Hi Anna!

    I really enjoyed reading this entry and your take on beauty within nature. I agree with your perspective of this painting as being ‘pure and realistic’ in comparison to the others we saw at the Art Gallery. Also, I found that the connection between the golden colour and the golden value you made was absolutely fantastic. Your interpretation of this painting really emphasises that this painting really impacted you. Really enjoyed reading your blog. 🙂

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  4. A good, substantial entry Annaliese! But why “shocked at learning”? Not quite sure that I understand this… ???
    Also you need more careful editing. Have you got someone who can read over your blogs before posting? But your site overall is fabulous- love your use of images.

    *Please attend to editing your work carefully. Here is what I have picked up:
    *the way it is interpreted may be different to another due to the different ways people visualize, think and see.=the way it is interpreted may be different due to the different ways people visualize, think and see.[ungrammatical – read this aloud…. your version does not make good sense.]
    * it’s untouched authentic beauty = its untouched authentic beauty [it’s=it is [this is one of those odd exceptions in the English Language where the normal use of ‘s for possessive case or ownership has been upstaged.]
    ]
    * ditto: it’s natural setting.
    * At first glance of this stunning artwork the landscape in my opinion was seen as pure and realistic from other paintings I had come across during my visit.=
    At my first glance at this stunning artwork I saw the landscape as pure and realistic when compared to other paintings I had come across during my visit.[look carefully at what I have done. ]

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  5. Hi Annalise! Firstly I wanted to say that I really enjoyed your comments regarding Lister Lister’s painting. You analysed the painting quite well, I particularly liked your comments regarding the use of colour in this painting. I overall agree with many of the comments that you made regarding the beauty of the Australian landscape. This particular painting highlights the essence of the natural Australian environment, depicting the landscape as untouched. I feel that it is worth mentioning that the use of shade and light in this painting essentially uncovers what Lister Lister valued more in this particular environment. The light is shining through the treetops thus accentuating the beauty and captivating essence that the tree’s seem to have. One tip for your blogs is that you seem to add words in your sentence that are unnecessary and are essentially taking away from the power of your writing. For example “the strong predominant salient image”, you could have simply referred to the salient image as either strong or predominant as these both mean the same thing. Overall this was a great blog and it was interesting to read your thoughts on this painting 🙂

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