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Charles Conder - A holiday at Mentone 1888 (detail)

Australian Impressionism

as from 5 March 2007

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Icon: Education Resource Tom Roberts - Shearing the rams 1888-90
Tom Roberts
born England 1856, arrived Australia 1869, lived in Europe 1881–85, 1903–19, died 1931
Shearing the rams 1890
oil on canvas on composition board
122.4 x 183.3 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1932

Charles Conder - A holiday at Mentone 1888
Charles Conder
England 1868–1909, lived in Australia 1884–90
A holiday at Mentone 1888
oil on canvas
46.2 x 60.8 cm
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
South Australian Government grant with the assistance of Bond Corporation Holdings Limited through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation, to mark the Gallery’s Centenary, 1981

31 March to 8 July 2007
Level 3, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Admission fees apply

Australian Impressionism looks at ‘plein air’ and direct painting in Australia in the late nineteenth century. It focuses on the five major artists of the movement - Charles Conder, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, and Jane Sutherland - in the momentous fourteen years from 1883 (Tom Roberts’ introduction to direct painting in Granada) to 1897 (Arthur Streeton’s departure for Europe).

The exhibition traces the development of the radical new landscape at Box Hill, Mentone and Heidelberg. It examines the lively art world of ‘Marvellous Melbourne’ and the staging of the famous 9 by 5 Impression Exhibition of August 1889. It follows Roberts and Streeton to New South Wales, to their camp at Sirius Cove and their expeditions to rural New South Wales, including the Hawkesbury River. It looks at the portraiture of Roberts and Streeton, and the emergence of Symbolism in the work of Conder and Streeton, and culminates in a survey of the first great ‘national’ pictures that emerged around the time of the centenary of the European settlement in Australia in 1888.

Australian Impressionism, the first exhibition on the subject since the ground-breaking and immensely popular exhibition Golden Summers: Heidelberg and beyond of 1985, seeks to redefine and introduce this important movement in Australian art history to a new generation. Over 240 works are included from famous iconic images to the lesser-known.


Principal Sponsor

Australian International Cultural Foundation


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Paint supplied by Dulux


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