A break away!
|A break away!|
|Medium||oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||137.3 cm × 167.8 cm (54.1 in × 66.1 in)|
|Location||Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide|
The painting depicts a mob of thirsty sheep stampeding towards a dam. A drover on horseback is attempting to turn the mob before they drown or crush each other in their desire to drink. The painting, an "icon of Australian art", is part of a series of works by Roberts that "captures what was an emerging spirit of national identity."
Roberts painted the work at Corowa. The painting depicts a time of drought, with little grass and the soil kicked up as dust. The work itself is a reflection on the pioneering days of the pastoral industry, which were coming to an end by the 1890s.
Exhibition history and provenance
The painting formed part of the 1898 Exhibition of Australian Art in London, the first major exhibition of Australian art internationally.
A break away! is now part of the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia having been purchased in 1899. It was included in Quintessence Editions Ltd.'s 2007 book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die.
- "'A break away!' by Tom Roberts". The Le@rning Federation. Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- Smith, Abigail. "Roberts' The Breakaway". Tom Roberts' Australia. Archived from the original on 18 July 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- "A break away!". Collections. Art Gallery of South Australia. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- Farthing, Stephen; Sanderson, Terry (2007). 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die. London: Quintessence Editions Ltd. p. 513. ISBN 0-7893-1524-6.
- A break away! – Art Gallery of South Australia
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