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Tour of French art – Aboriginal life before colonisation

Rare French paintings of Tasmanian Aboriginal life before colonisation to tour Australia, ABC News, By Sam Ikin 19 May 2015, A collection of 19th century French illustrations depicting Indigenous life in Tasmania and around mainland Australia before British colonisation will go on show in the state for the first time next year.

The drawings and sketches were done in early 1802 during Nicholas Baudin’s exploration of Australia.

The French explorer’s artists, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicholas-Martin Petit, meticulously documented their meetings with local Aboriginal people when they landed in Tasmania.

The pictures are owned by France’s Museum of Natural History in La Havre and will tour the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, the National Museum of Australia in Canberra and several other Australian galleries next year and in 2017………The French museum’s director Cedric Cremiere said he was proud to be able to show the works in Australia.

“It is wonderful that after that first French encounter with Australia more than 200 years ago, we can share these discoveries and sense of wonder with Australian audiences.” he said.

Tasmanian Arts Minister Vanessa Goodwin said the artworks were of huge importance to Tasmania.

“This partnership will allow audiences across Tasmania to see depictions of early Tasmanian life which are of enormous significance to the Tasmanian Aboriginal people and the Tasmanian community in general,” she said.

May 30, 2015 - Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL

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