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Hardy, Jane, Megaw, J.V.S. und Megaw, M. Ruth (Hg.): The Heritage of Namatjira. The Watercolourist of Central Australia, William Heinemann Australia, Port Melbourne 1992, ISBN 0855614439

Table of Contents        ¦         Cover Text        ¦         Book Review

Table of Contents

Gus Williams OAM: Foreword -ix-

J. V. S. Megaw: Preface -xi-

M. Ruth Megaw: A brief chronology -xv-

J. V. S. Megaw and M. Ruth Megaw: Introduction – The heritage of Namatjira and the Hermannsburg painters -1-

John Morton: Chapter one – Country, people, art: The Western Aranda 1870-1990 -23-

Robin Radford: Chapter two – Aspects of the social history of Hermannsburg -63-

Philip Jones: Chapter three – Namatjira: Traveller between two worlds -97-

Jane Hardy: Chapter four – Visitors to Hermannsburg: An essay on cross-cultural learning -137-

Tim Rouse: Chapter five – Paintings from memory: Art, economics and citizenship 1940-60 -177-

Danies Thomas: Chapter six – The Hermannsburg watercolourists: The view from the art museum -201-

Sylvia Kleinert: Chapter seven – The critical reaction to the Hermannsburg school -217

Ian Burn and Ann Stephen: Chapter eight – Namatjira’s white mask: A partial interpretation -249-

Jenny Green: Chapter nine – Country in mind: The continuing tradition of landscape painting -283-

Roy Frost with Angela Tidmarsh: The Hermannsburg Watercolourists‘ Biographies – 317-

M. Rauth Megaw: Sources -325-

Notes on the authors -329-

Index -343-

Cover Text

"The Heritage of Namatjira" is the first comprehensive survey of the massive output of watercolours by the Aranda (Arrernte) artists of Central Australia. Having as its genesis the first attempts in 1934 of Albert Namatjira to follow the example of European painters, notably the Victorian-born Rex Batterbee, the tradition of watercolour painting is till being maintained by the descendants of Albert and his contemporaries. Twelve contributors – anthropologists, historians, art critics and collectors – review the history and stylistic development of the Hermannsburg watercolourists since the Finke River Mission’s establishment in 1877, against a background of upheaval in Western Aranda culture. They chronicle the changing critical attitudes to the watercolours and their fluctuating fortunes in the art market, and assess the present role of the paintings within contemporary Aboriginal society. With its wealth of illustrations (many previously unpublished), biographical and bibliographical information, "The Heritage of Namatjira", which has been prepared with the full cooperation of the Aboriginal artists and communities concerned, will remain as a lasting tribute to more than a century of Western Aranda art and tradition.