National Gallery | Ends 26th March 2017 | £7.50
This event can be descirbed as a mini-exhibition comprising of 41 paintings by 4 artists revealed as the leading impressionists of their time in Australia.
Arthur Streeton (1867-1943), Tom Roberts (1856-1931), Charles Conder (1868-1909 and John Russell (1858-1930).
Tom Roberts and John Russell were of particular influence having studied in Europe before returning to apply their new-learned techniques to their native land. With Australia doused in unified compatriotism in the run-up to forming a federation in 1901 impressionism became a symbol of national identity in a similar way to France.
Of major difference to how the French treated impressionism was not the technique, which followed a similar approach, but the subject matter. As french impressionists such as Monet, Manet and Renoir created fashionable impressions of picnics on the Seine and portraits of high-class dancing australian impressionists turned their attention to a Jackaroo on horseback attempting to control a flock of sheep (A Break Away! by Tom Roberts, 1891 - Below) and the dense harsh bushland of rural australia.
The National Gallery follow up their celebrated 2015 exhibition titled 'Inventing Impressionism' with this latest offering. Their own vast collection of european impressionist art promotes the Gallery as an authority on the genre. This display is distinctly different to what has gone before as they turn their attention beyond europe and towards australia. This makes for a refreshing view on this popular style...
A Break Away!, 1891 by Tom Roberts
The Purple Noon’s Transparent Might, 1896 by Arthur Streeton
A Holiday at Mentone, 1888 by Charles Conder
In the morning, Alpes Maritimes from Antibes, 1890-1 by John Russell