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This exhibition explores Impressionism in an Australian context – closely related to yet entirely distinct from its European counterparts.
Four of the continent's impressionist artists are included in the exhibition: Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder, and John Russell.
From ‘snapshots’ of life in the rapidly teeming cities of Melbourne and Sydney to dazzling landscapes of coast and bushland, the paintings of Roberts, Streeton, and Conder came to epitomise a growing sense of national identity as Australia approached Federation in 1901.
Russell, by contrast, was an Australian expatriate who spent almost his entire career in France, counting Van Gogh, Monet, and Matisse among his friends. Like fellow artists in Australia, Russell embraced plein air painting to capture the fleeting effects of light in the landscape but became increasingly experimental in his use of colour.
The display features loans from some of Australia’s leading museums and private collections, many of which have never been seen in the UK.
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