Shortlist year: 
2016
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
Thames & Hudson

About the book

Tom Roberts—the art of portraiture—book—Australian history—PMLA 2016

Julie Cotter examines the portraits by the Australian Impressionist artist Tom Roberts focusing upon the extraordinary range of subjects, their lives and their historical significance. The book places to the fore a body of work that comprises some 280 portraits representing approximately 35 per cent of Robertss total output. Roberts explores the diversity of Australian identity in his depiction of members of Sydney and Melbourne society as well as portraits of pastoralists, farmhands, pearl divers and itinerants. The book culminates in a chapter devoted to Australia's major history painting of the opening of the first Federal Parliament.