The Pioneer

I’m not really into art, but I find this piece amazing. Mesmerising.

I don’t even know when I first saw this piece, but when I did it blew me away. It is an amazing story told in just 3 images.

I was walking the streets of my local area a few days ago and came across an interesting house. Garden ornaments upside down, numerous pieces of dowel in trees, a tripod of sticks with a rock hanging at the end of a cord, and more. As I walked past I noticed an old gentleman in the garage working. I couldn’t help myself, I approached and began talking to him and about his house and what I had seen in his yard.

Mid sentence I looked around the garage and I saw a reproduction of this painting on the wall.

It is the only painting ever that I explicitly went to the National Art Gallery of NSW to see when it was on tour in Sydney many years ago. Beautiful. Powerful.

I’m reminded of it again tonight as I listen to Apple Music and Dire Straits’ Telegraph Road comes on. Immediately this image comes flooding into my head.

It doesn’t matter which enters my mind first, Telegraph Road and The Pioneer. I am automagically reminded of the other. The stories they share are in very similar styles.

Click on the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image. It is reproduced from the Frederick McCubbin’s—The Pioneer—Google Art Project page and can be viewed in fine detail there.

Be sure to check out the Wikipedia entry of Frederick McCubbin.

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