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A break away!

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A break away!

A break away!
Artist Tom Roberts
Year 1891
Type oil on canvas
Dimensions 137.3 cm × 167.8 cm (54.1 in × 66.1 in)
Location Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

A break away! is an 1891 painting by Australian artist Tom Roberts. 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.[1] 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."[1]

Roberts painted the work at Corowa.[2] The painting depicts a time of drought, with little grass and the soil kicked up as dust.[1] The work itself is a reflection on the pioneering days of the pastoral industry, which were coming to an end by the 1890s.[1]

The painting is now part of the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia.[3] It was included in Quintessence Editions Ltd.'s 2007 book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die.[4]


External links

  • 'A break away!' – Art Gallery of South Australia
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