The machine in the garden

It may be news to French readers but Australia had its own impressionist movement.  It was mostly carried out by the Heidelberg School, a group of painters who perhaps should have been more properly called the ‘Box Hill and Eaglemont School’.  No matter, the places they painted are all changed utterly, and are now vast tracts of suburbia that look roughly similar.

This picture celebrates the Hurstbridge train line, which cuts through the Heidelberg School’s old painting grounds, binding Heidelberg to the centre of Melbourne with rails of steel.  An old staging inn stands nearby, where the ghosts of pre-train travellers stay overnight before the final day of their spectral horse and wagon journey into the city.

Alphington rail overpass

 


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