Tom Roberts: Holiday Sketch At Coogee

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Tom Roberts. Painting 1- “holiday sketch at Coogee”
Painting 2- “Sheering the Rams”
Thomas Roberts was born on the 9th of March 1856 and passed away on the 14th of September 1931. Roberts was a prominent Australian artist and a key member of the Heidelberg School. Roberts was born in England, he migrated with his family to Australia in 1869. Settling in Collingwood (Melbourne, Victoria) he worked as a photographer's assistant through the 1870s while studying art at night under Louis Buvelot and befriending others who were to become prominent artists. He returned to England for three years of full-time art study at the Royal Academy Schools from 1881 to 1884. Through the 1880s and 1890s he worked in Victoria, at the famous studio complex of Grosvenor Chambers in Melbourne, and at a number of artists' camps and visits around the colony. He married Elizabeth Williamson in 1896, had a son, Caleb. Many of his most famous paintings come from this period. Roberts was an expert maker of picture frames, and during the period 1903-1914, when he painted relatively little, most of his income came from this work. Elizabeth died in January 1928, and Tom remarried, to Jean Boyes, in August 1928. He died in 1931 of cancer in Kallista
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At the time it was exhibited, it was criticized because many critics did not feel that it fitted the definition of 'high art'. However, since the wool industry was Australia's greatest export industry at the time, it was a theme which many Australian people could identify with. The painting showed a view of the shearing sheds which was not in some cases realistic. Shearing would probably have been much messier; for instance the shearer on the left has picked the ram up to move it, when normally it would have been dragged
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