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Shopping day Theme: The Land

Artist: Russell DRYSDALE
Birth/Death: 1912–1981

Title: Shopping day

Credit Line: Art Gallery of New South Wales Purchased with funds provided by MEPC Australia Ltd 1988

Drysdale, who came from a wealthy land-owning family, felt tremendous sympathy for the Aboriginal people he met on his travels. Shopping day depicts the Aboriginal inhabitants of a north Queensland town in an entirely undramatic way. They stand, as though posing for the camera, in a wide, empty street. The scene is presided over by a war memorial.

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