Australian Genesis and Exodus

Australian Genesis and Exodus


SKU: 9781922768032 Categories: ,
Author: Henry R. Lew
Product ID: 7190


The stories of
DERWENT LEES and HORACE BRODZKY, their lives, their families, and
their in-common friends and acquaintances

‘I feel that I am writing more than simply the lives of two artists, Derwent Lees and Horace Brodzky. I am also writing about part of my own life’s story, because these two artists have occupied an integral part of it for at least 45 years.’

A very personal, detailed and fascinating dive into the lives and works of two little-known and unfairly neglected Australian artists, Derwent Lees and Horace Brodzky. Author Henry Lew has studied both of these artists in depth for over 5 decades and has written several books about them: Horace Brodzky in 1987, In Search of Derwent Lees in 1996, The Five Walking Sticks: The story of Maurice Brodzky investigative journalist extraordinaire in 2000, and Imaging the World in 2018.

Both born in the mid-1880s, Lees and Brodzky became the first two Australian-born artists to embrace and immerse themselves in early 20th century European modernist ideas and techniques, and they did so prior to the onset of World War I. Lees’s main painting styles embraced Victorian, impressionist, post-impressionist, fauvist and neoclassical techniques, but despite these stylistic changes, his drawing style, which he taught at the Slade School, remained essentially academic. Brodzky painted in a style some 30 or 40 years ahead of his time. He worked in oils, watercolours, linocuts and drawing.

Both left Australia in the early 1900s and worked in London. Their work has been shown in many international galleries. Despite that,  Lees and Brodzky are nowadays appreciated by only very few Australians. This book aims to correct the lack of knowledge about them. It includes 152 full-colour plates.

About the author: Dr. Henry R. (Harry) Lew is a retired Ophthalmic surgeon. He was trained at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, Melbourne (1975–77); was Senior Registrar in Ophthalmology at Leeds General Infirmary, UK (1978–79), where he did Retinal and Paediatric Fellowships; took over from Professor Crock as Visiting Senior Surgeon, Repatriation General Hospital, Melbourne (1979–2007), where he treated ex-servicemen, and was also a Visiting Surgeon at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (1980–84). He has lectured, written articles and made movies on many ophthalmological subjects, and in his spare time he has also written eight non-medical books.

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