Heidelberg School

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Group of Australian painters who worked together at Heidelberg, Victoria (at the time a village, now a suburb of Melbourne), from 1886 to about 1900. Tom Roberts (the dominant figure) and Arthur Streeton were among the members. The work of the group, based on the Impressionist ideal of painting in the open air, featured local subject matter and was associated with the emergence of a distinctive Australian literature. By 1900 the group had broken up, many of the leading members having gone to Europe, but its vision of Australian life and landscape came to dominate the country's painting in the early 20th century and inspired many other artists in later decades.

Subjects: Literature — Art.

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