I’ve had a wonderful summer.
Lots of outdoor activity.
And in my wanderings, I remembered these two archetypal beach scenes.
So much physicality. So much manliness. A sporty, healthy, idealised and stylised outdoor scene from the 1940s.
| Charles Meere, Australian Beach Pattern, 1940 |
Meer’s student and partner, Freda Robertshaw, goes on to create a more ladylike family beach scene. At one with nature. Although exhibiting the motherly cautiousness toward an unknown sea.
| Freda Robertshaw, Australian Beach Scene, 1940 |
Contemporary scenes aren’t quite as idealised but I was pleased to experience my first ever Surf Life Saving Carnival this summer.