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Girolamo Nerli

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Girolamo Nerli | Italy/Australia/New Zealand 1860-1926 | The sitting 1889 | Oil on canvas | 117 x 75cm | Purchased 1997 with funds raised by Louis Vuitton Australia Pty Ltd and donations from James Fairfax, AO, Philip Bacon and Wayne Kratzmann through and with the assistance of the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Girolamo Nerli, 'The sitting', 1889

Girolamo Nerli
Italy/Australia/New Zealand 1860-1926
The sitting 1889
Oil on canvas
117 x 75cm
Purchased 1997 with funds raised by Louis Vuitton Australia Pty Ltd and donations from James Fairfax, AO, Philip Bacon and Wayne Kratzmann through and with the assistance of the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Girolamo Nerli

The sitting 1889

This painting is as much a portrait of the artist and his surroundings as it is of the elegantly dressed woman depicted. Nerli has included an assortment of decorative elements and motifs which would have fascinated sophisticated Australian audiences in the late 1880s.

A taste for things 'Oriental' filtered into Australian art during the late nineteenth century through French and English painting which had, in turn, been influenced by Japanese art. The vases, fans, Japanese screens and exotic fabrics draped around the studio reflect the popularity of this style.

The studio shown in the painting was established by Nerli in 1887 at Norwich Chambers in Hunter Street, Sydney. The image that can be seen directly above the subject's head is believed to be Nerli's painting The ascension c.1887.