We are very grateful to two donors who have recently come forward with gifts to support the acquisition of Françoise Gilot’s Blue eyes 1956. This striking portrait, which perfectly captures the spirit of modernity in 1950s Paris, will now have a home in the NGV’s modern art galleries.

2017 Annual Appeal
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This year’s appeal is dedicated to a leading female artist of her time, Louise Bouteiller, and is one of five key works chosen as part of a current campaign to strengthen the Gallery’s representation of women artists. This will be the first work by Bouteiller to enter the NGV Collection.

Portrait of Césarine de Houdetot, Baronne de Barante: Les Pamplemousses, painted in 1818, is a sumptuous depiction of a young woman lost in reverie among banana palms and bamboo huts in a European fantasy of the Southern Hemisphere.

The NGV has only one painting by a woman artist from the French School, and a major Neoclassical full-length portrait has long been desired. Neoclassicism has traditionally been held to be the preserve of male artists and to have this period represented by a female painter will be both corrective and revelatory.

We warmly thank you for considering a donation of any size to make this acquisition possible. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and can be made online; by cheque made payable to the National Gallery of Victoria; or in person at the NGV.

Download the 2017 Annual Appeal Brochure

We are very grateful to two donors who have recently come forward with gifts to support the acquisition of Françoise Gilot’s Blue eyes 1956. This striking portrait, which perfectly captures the spirit of modernity in 1950s Paris, will now have a home in the NGV’s modern art galleries.