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Australian Notebook

Australian Notebook


Betty Churcher

ISBN 9780522864199

In Australian Notebooks, Betty Churcher revisits some of the artworks she most cherishes – a seminal Picasso, early works of the Heidelberg School, a striking portrait by Lucian Freud – and invites us to look afresh at the treasures that can be found in Australian galleries.

Taking in the work of Australian artists such as John Olsen, Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan, as well as masterpieces by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse and Giambattista Tiepolo, through her own accomplished sketches and annotations Betty Churcher draws out the particular charm and context of each work. 

Betty Churcher was Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 1987 to 1990 and Director of the National Gallery of Australia from 1990 to 1997. Before taking on these roles she was an art teacher and her skills as a communicator and a love of her subjects are what is most notable about her Notebooks.