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AUSTRALIAN PAINTING 1788-1970 By Bernard Smith. Melbourne, Oxford University Press, Second Edition, 1971, Reprinted in 1978. ISBN# 0195503724. This is the second edition of a book which has become a basic text on Australian painting. The first edition, published in 1962, concluded at 1960. The new edition brings the story down to 1970 and in so doing provides a detailed account of the great changes which altered the art scene radically during that decade. Four new chapters, comprising 130 pages and 65 illustrations, assess the new situation of the 1960s as a whole and provide detailed accounts of the impact of abstract expressionism, pop art, and colour painting upon Australian art. Painters working within more traditional styles, however, are not neglected. This book has been written not for specialists, but for those seeking a useful and comprehensive introduction to the subject and should be valuable equally to artists, teachers, scholars. And the general reader. It discusses the life and achievements of most of Australia's leading artists and a great many of it minor ones. All aspects of Australian painting are generously illustrated throughout the text - wherever possible the work considered being illustrated adjacent to the relevant text - and it is believed that the 440 illustrations, over 50 of which are in colour, constitute the most significant selection that has yet been reproduced. With its authoritative, forthright and attractive text and it numerous illustrations this book is both a general introduction to Australian painting and a permanently valuable reference book. 483 PAGES, including List of Illustrations and Index. Hardcover with dustjacket.