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!