NATIVES ON THE RIVER OUSE- Van Damien’s Land By John Glover , 1838

This Arcadian painting portrays an indigenous family having a day-out fun with friends by the river. The Australian natives took time to rest and enjoy nature’s resources and pristine beauty of their environs. We also do that today in our picnics, campings or barbecue parties. Gregariousness and aesthetic sense are basic to human beings.

The artist used colours and the contrasting effects of light and shadow  to radiate emotions.The orangey glow of the bonfire close to the ground shows the jovial anticipation of food to partake. The direction of the greyish smoke indicates a slight breeze attendant to a fine weather. The softened light of a late afternoon sun illuminating the hillsides and one side of the tree trunks gives the ambience of cheerfulness. The shaded portions project sobriety and calmness. The powdery green colour of the distant mountain range, low vegetation and trees evokes mystery and deep spiritual bearing. The craggy chalky-white surface of the floor of the valley may represent the difficulties, hard work and challenges the indigenous people were facing. The dark brown drying trunk and branches of fallen trees probably are referring to the beloved members of the family who had passed away.

The story is , there lived in this rustic place people who are humans as humans can be —— people who are humans as you and me.

Lourdes Murphy

07/04/2019

Submitted to: Prof. Michael Griffith

                         English 102- Australian Lit.

                          ACU- Strathfield

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2 thoughts on “NATIVES ON THE RIVER OUSE- Van Damien’s Land By John Glover , 1838

  1. A powerful and well written entry Lourdes and I especially love the poetic conclusion you bring to your piece in the last lines. Well done! You bring the deeper significance of this painting vividly to life.
    There is only one editing issue that I found:

    Editing Needed (and some workshop follow-ups- see Purdue Owl for help: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/
    *The powdery green colour of the distant mountain range, low vegetation and trees evokes mystery =The powdery green colour of the distant mountain range, low vegetation and trees EVOKE mystery [ plural subject…. plural verb- see Agreement of Subject and Verb. Plural nouns need plural verbs and singular nouns need singular verbs. What should this be? http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/595/01/%5D

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    1. Michael, the way I look at the aforementioned line…. , is that ,the subject of the sentence, is COLOUR, so the verb should be in the singular form. Don’t you think?

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