Eugene von Guérard
North-east view from the northern top of Mount Kosciusko 1863
oil on canvas
66.5 x 116.8 cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1973

Eugene von Guérard

Nature Revealed

This education resource accompanies the exhibition Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed which presents a new perspective on the work of Eugene von Guérard, one of Australia’s most important landscape painters.  The exhibition argues that von Guérard’s travel to and within Australia was informed and inspired by his scientific interest in the geography, geology and vegetation of the Australian ‘new world’.
The resource provides background information on the artist, including biographical details and artistic influences, and highlights the artist’s adventurous spirit and his involvement with exploration and science.

A focus on Weatherboard Creek Falls, Jamieson’s Valley, New South Wales, 1862 and Mount Kosciusko, seen from the Victorian border (Mount Hope Ranges) 1866 includes discussion and analysis of these two key works, both of which are in the NGV Collection.  Learning activities include a range of questions and starting points for further exploring the work of von Guérard and can be adapted to suit the specific requirements of VELs and VCE Studies related to the visual arts and environmental education.

Teacher Notes

Friedrich Boser (attributed to) Germany 1809–81

Eugene von Guérard (1838–40)

oil on canvas 16.6 x 12.8 cm (image), 17.2 x 13.3 cm (canvas)

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Bequest of Mary Macrae Stewart, 2009 (2009.62)




Background information on the life and career of Eugene von Guérard

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Eugène von GUÉRARD
Mr Clark's Station, Deep Creek, near Keilor 1867
oil on canvas
68.4 x 122.0 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Mr and Mrs Solomon Lew and with the assistance of the National Gallery Society of Victoria, 1986

Eugene von GuérardNature Revealed

This exhibition features over 150 works, including many of von Guérard’s beloved iconic landscapes, as well as several beautifully illustrated sketch books, and some never-before-seen paintings.

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The Artist’s Name

Von Guérard was baptized Johann Joseph Eugen von Guérard. His christening cup, bearing the name Eugen von Guérard in gold lettering, records his parents’ intentions. In Australia von Guérard adapted his name, sometimes using the French form, Eugène, or the English, Eugene, while also continuing to sign works and his private correspondence, Eugen. He frequently used the French form of his surname, de Guérard rather than von Guérard; Alfred Howitt and Georg Neumayer both referred to their friend as de Guérard. The English, French and even Italian adaptations of his name reflect his own international origins and career.

As the focus of this publication, and the related exhibition, is von Guérard’s Australian career, it has been decided to adopt the form the artist most frequently used to sign his works and correspondence in the years between 1852 and 1882. The artist himself seems to have been relaxed about the form his name took.

Eugène von GUÉRARD
Weatherboard Creek Falls, Jamieson's Valley, New South Wales 1862
oil on canvas
122.1 x 183.3 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Honorary Life Benefactor, 1989

Weatherboard Creek FallsConstructing a view

This section is an in depth look at of one of von Guérard's major paintings.

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Eugène von GUÉRARD
Mount Kosciusko, seen from the Victorian border (Mount Hope Ranges) 1866
oil on canvas
108.2 x 153.3 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1870

Mount KosciuszkoIntrepid explorer

This section discusses the scientific expedition that inspired the painting and includes related works.

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