Eugene von Guérard<br/>
born Austria 1811, lived in Australia 1852-82, Europe 1882-1901, died England 1901<br/>
<em>Tower Hill</em> 1855<br/>
oil on canvas<br/>
68.6 x 122.0 cm<br/>
Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria<br/>
On loan from the Department of Sustainability and Environment<br/>
Gift of Mrs. E. Thornton, 1966<br/>

Eugene von Guérard

Nature Revealed

Free entry

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square

Temporary Exhibition (Gallery 20), Level 3

16 Apr 11 – 7 Aug 11

A National Gallery of Victoria Touring Exhibition

17 DEC 2011 – 4 MAR 2012
Queensland Art Gallery

27 APR – 15 JUL 2012
National Gallery of Australia

Eugene von Guérard (1811–1901) is arguably Australia’s, and certainly Victoria’s, most important colonial landscape painter. Born in Vienna and trained as a painter in the European art centres of Rome, Naples and Düsseldorf; von Guérard migrated to Australia in 1852.

Von Guérard’s meticulous landscapes are remarkable in their detail and much valued for their depiction of Australian and particularly, Victorian, landscapes of the mid-1800s. This exhibition demonstrates how von Guerard’s artistic endeavours in Australia were informed by his interest in the geography, geology and vegetation of the Australian ‘New World’. His representations of the forests of Gippsland and the Otways, the crater lakes of Victoria’s volcanic Western District and the peaks of the Kosciuszko plateau hold important environmental significance today.

The work of von Guérard has not been the subject of a dedicated exhibition since 1980. Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed 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. Through his detailed brushstrokes and breathtaking compositions, visitors can explore the magnificent Australian, New Zealand and European landscapes he captured on his expeditions around the world.