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The rainbow
oil on canvas
50.8 × 62.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
inscribed in brown paint l.l.: J. C. CAZIN
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1913
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

With Barbizon House (dealer), London, by 1913; from where purchased, on the advice of Frank Gibson and Charles Ricketts, for the  Felton Bequest, 1913.

After an artist passed the rigorous selection process for the Paris Salon exhibition, they were then subjected to public criticism which could make or break their careers. Popular critics, such as Émile Zola, who commented on the Salon exhibitions, were extremely powerful. Jean Charles Cazin is one artist who changed his approach to art following a negative critique of his religious painting The departure of Judith in 1883. Until then, Cazin enjoyed success painting mainly Christian imagery in a realist manner; however, as a result of criticism he started producing landscapes devoid of narrative and obvious symbolism, such as The rainbow.


Unknown - 19th century

timber, composition, gold leaf