Overlooking the Outback: Australia’s Impressionists

John Russell, In the Morning, Alpes Maritimes from Antibes, 1890-1, Oil on canvas, 60.3 × 73.2 cm, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 1965 © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Australia’s Impressionists, currently on show at the National Gallery, is the first exhibition in the UK dedicated exclusively to works produced by a group of Australian artists towards the end of the 19th century. Arthur Streeton (1867-1943), Tom Roberts (1856-1931) and Charles Conder (1868-1909) are identified as key players in the movement’s evolution, but it’s the inclusion of John Russell’s (1858-1930) work that goes further than attributing the influence of European styles on Australian art and attempts to shed light on the dialogue which existed between the two.

The exhibition came about as a result of the long-term loan of Blue Pacific (1890) by Arthur Streeton to the National Gallery in 2015.

Article source: http://thequietus.com/articles/21667-australias-impressionists-national-gallery-review-arthur-streeton-tom-roberts-charles-conder

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