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Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed

Tower Hill

Eugene von Guérard | Austria/Australia 1811-1901 | Tower Hill 1855 | Oil on canvas | Collection: Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria. On loan from the Department of Sustainability and Environment. Gift of Mrs. E. Thornton, 1966

17 December 2011 – 4 March 2012 | Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) | Free admission

QAG Opening Hours
10.00am — 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am — 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
Closed Christmas Day
9.00am — 5.00pm Public Holidays

Eugene von Guérard (1811–1901) is arguably Australia's, and certainly Victoria's, most important colonial landscape painter. Born in Vienna and trained as a painter in the European art centres of Rome, Naples and Düsseldorf, von Guérard migrated to Australia in 1852.

Von Guérard's works, which have not been the subject of a dedicated exhibition since 1980, are remarkable in their detail and greatly valued for their depiction of Australian landscapes of the mid 1800s. This exhibition demonstrates how his artistic endeavours in Australia were informed by his interest in the geography, geology and vegetation of the Australian 'New World'. His representations of the forests of Gippsland and the Otways, the crater lakes of Victoria's volcanic Western District and the peaks of the Kosciuszko plateau hold important environmental significance today.

'Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed' includes many of the artist's beloved iconic landscapes, as well as several sketches and some never-before-seen paintings. Through his detailed brushstrokes and breathtaking compositions, visitors can explore the magnificent Australian, New Zealand and European landscapes he captured on his expeditions around the world.

Opening Programs

‘Eugene Von Guérard: A remarkable life’
Saturday 17 December 2011 | 11.00am Lecture Theatre, QAG 
Join exhibition curator Dr Ruth Pullin, guest curator at the National Gallery of Victoria, as she presents an overview of the artist’s life and the significance of his work in the broader context of Australian art.

Curator’s perspective tour
Saturday 17 December 2011 | 1.00pm Gallery 4, QAG
Join Angela Goddard, Curator, Australian Art to 1975, for a tour of the exhibition and explore how von Guérard’s work in Australia was informed by his interest in the geography, geology and vegetation of the Australian ‘New World’.

Special Events 

My Gen 50+ | Short Course: Documenting the Australian landscape
Friday 17 February 2012 | 10.30am 
This short course will uncover different aspects of place using von Guérard‘s works. Speakers include Angela Goddard, Curator, Australian Art to 1975, Professor David Carter, Australian Literature and Cultural History, University of Queensland and Associate Professor Rod Fensham, Queensland Herbarium. After exploring the botanical representations of Eugene Von Guérard, try your own hand at drawing in a special illustration session in The Drawing Room, part of the ‘Matisse: Drawing Life’ exhibition. For more information, visit My Gen 50+. Bookings required, email mygen@qag.qld.gov.au.

Volunteer Guided Tour

11.00am (excluding 24 December 2011 to 1 January 2012) | Meet your guide at the Melbourne Street information desk, QAG

Gallery Members

Gallery Members enjoy a range of exclusive programs and benefits. Become a Gallery Member today and receive a FREE exhibition ticket or film pass | Limited time, new Members only | Free exhibition ticket redeemable for single entry to one paid exhibition of your choice. Film pass is valid for five 'Drawn to Screen' viewings at GOMA’s Cinemas (6 January — 4 March 2012).

Exclusive Programs
In situ — talks, tours, lectures and lunches at the Gallery
Enjoy a Saturday tour and talk, or a Thursday in-Gallery talk followed by a sit-down lunch.

Thursday monthly lunch and lecture
Thursday 16 February 2012 | 11.30am — 1.30pm, Gallery 4, QAG & GOMA Restaurant
‘Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed’
Presented by Angela Goddard, Curator, Australian Art to 1975
Bookings required: Gallery Members ($35); Members' guests ($45) (includes lunch and a glass of wine, followed by coffee and sweets) | Please call (07) 3840 7278 or book online to RSVP by Friday 11 February 2012.

Saturday monthly tour and talk
Saturday 18 February 2012 | 1.30pm, Gallery 4 QAG
‘Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed’
Presented by Angela Goddard, Curator, Australian Art to 1975
No bookings required. Free


Media Inquiries
Kendall Battley
| Senior Media Officer | T: +61 (0)7 3840 7162 | Email
Dan Cameron
| Media Officer | T: + 61 (0)7 3842 9563 | Email
For a full listing of the Gallery's current media releases and more information on the exhibition, please visit the Media section.

Media Resources

media release | media images

Education Resources

Classroom resource (secondary level)
Student worksheet (primary level)


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