She-Oak and Sunlight Exhibition Introduction

She-Oak and Sunlight: Australian Impressionism features some of the most widely recognisable and celebrated works by Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin, Jane Sutherland, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder, Clara Southern, John Russell and E. Phillips Fox, and brings to light lesser-known paintings by Iso Rae, May Vale, Jane Price and Ina Gregory. The exhibition presents these works in new and surprising contexts, exploring the impact of personal relationships, international influences and the importance of place on the trajectory of the movement.

Guest curator Dr Anne Gray AM along with NGV curators Dr Angela Hesson and Sophie Gerhard introduce the highlights of the exhibition and discuss the defining moments in Australian Impressionism.

Dr Anne Gray AM, guest curator
Dr Angela Hesson, Curator, Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts to 1980, NGV
Sophie Gerhard, Assistant Curator, Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts to 1980, NGV

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