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Thomas William „Tom” Roberts (1856 -1931) a fost un proeminent artist australian. Roberts  s-a nascut la Dorchester, Dorset, Anglia, într-o familie de jurnalisti, părinţii săi fiind editori de ziare. Roberts a emigrat cu familia în Australia în anul 1869. Stabilindu-se în Collingwood, o suburbie din Melbourne,  a lucrat ca asistent fotograf, prin anii 1870 în timp ce studia arta noaptea.

Tom Roberts se împrieteneste cu alţii începatori, care au devenit artişti proeminenţi, în special  Frederick McCubbin, prieten si adversar artistic. El s-a întors în Anglia pentru trei ani de studii la  Academia Regala de arte (1881 – 1884).

Eng. Thomas William „Tom” Roberts (1856 –1931) was a prominent Australian artist. Born in Dorchester, Dorset, England, where his parents were newspaper editors, Roberts migrated with his family to Australia in 1869. Settling in Collingwood, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, he worked as a photographer’s assistant through the 1870s while studying art at night under Louis Buvelot and befriending others who were to become prominent artists, notably Frederick McCubbin. He returned to England for three years of full-time art study at the Royal Academy Schools from 1881 to 1884.

Între anii 1880 – 1890 Tom Roberts a lucrat la Melbourne, în studioul său din  complexul Studio Grosvenor –  Collins Street nr. 9 şi a participat la mai multe tabere de artişti şi vizite în jurul coloniei Australiene.

Eng. Through the 1880s and 1890s he worked in Victoria, in his studio at the famous studio complex of Grosvenor Chambers at 9 Collins Street in Melbourne, and at a number of artists’ camps and visits around the colony.

Roberts a pictat un număr considerabil de peisaje şi portrete executate in ulei pe panza, unele pictate in taberele artististice la care a participat  cu prietenul său McCubbin. Probabil, cele mai celebre lucrări ale sale, din aceasta perioada, au fost două lucrări mari:  “Tunsul Berbecilor – Shearing the Rams” şi “The Big Picture”.

Eng. Roberts painted a considerable number of fine oil landscapes and portraits, some painted at artist camps with his friend McCubbin, but perhaps his most famous works, in his time, were two large works, Shearing the Rams and The Big Picture.

“Tunsul Berbecilor – Shearing the Rams”  a fost pictat intr-o vizită la o fermă mare din Brocklesby, în sudul New South Wales, care a reprezentat industria de baza a Australiei şi exportul cel mai important si baza vieţii rurale autohtone. În momentul expunerii lui,  a fost criticat de mulţi experti, care nu au considerat tema sub definiţia de „artă înaltă”. Cu toate acestea, din moment ce industria lanei din Australia a fost cea mai mare industrie de export, la timpul respectiv,  tema a fost apreciata de publicul din Australia, care a  putut sa se  identifice cu ea.

Eng. Shearing the Rams, based on a visit to a sheep station (large farm) at Brocklesby in southern New South Wales, depicted the wool industry that had been Australia’s first export industry and a staple of rural life. At the time it was exhibited, it was criticized because many critics did not feel that it fitted the definition of ‘high art’. However, since the wool industry was Australia’s greatest export industry at the time, it was a theme which many Australian people could identify with.

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