THE BLACK SWAN OF TRESPASS, the Emergence of Modernist Painting in Australia to 1944

By: Humphrey McQueen

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Alternative Publishing Co-op, Sydney - first edn, 1979. hardcover, 9 3/4" x 7 1/2", with dust jacket. Page 142 has pencil underlinings; four pages have corner turn-ins. Ours is an ex-library copy in transparent protective covering, with barcode, labels, stamps, & pocket (mostly on ffep). Dark-blue cloth-bound boards with gold type to spine, light blue endpapers, 4 colour plates, 36 b&w photographic illustrations, select Bibliography, Index. Drawing on literature, political economy and the sciences, Humphrey McQueen locates the emergence of Modernist painting in Australia. He devotes the first part of the work to interweaving accounts of poetry, criticism & painting and the Dobell 1943 Archibald Prize; next he considers how the new physics and landscape contibuted to Australian Modernism; his final section is devoted to Margaret Preston who, he suggests, gave European Modernism to Australia. A lively, youthful contribution to Australian art studies.

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