This issue of the Art Bulletin of Victoria 20 encompasses essays that examine works from a variety of areas across the NGV’s collection:

William S. Feldman offers a new perspective on the art of Jules Bastien-Lepage, discussing the creative successes and failures of his significant yet brief career; Memory Holloway comments on Hanover Constructivism in the works of Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart; Mae Anna Pang investigates the date of a rare blue-and-white wine jar in the Chinese collection, analysing the arguments for and against its dating of the Ming Dynasty; Irena Zdanowicz presents a note on Salvator Rosa’s study for The death of Empedocles and the artist’s interest in 16th-century northern European scenes of witchcraft; and Jennie Boddington discusses the recently acquired photographic works of Fred Kruger, a German upholsterer, cabinetmaker and photographer whose interests lay in depicting the lives of ordinary people in colonial Australia.

We trust you will enjoy the articles and appreciate the breadth and depth of the contributors’ research and scholarship in this edition.