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Impressionists/ Edwardians/ Expatriates: Australian Art from The Collection

Rupert Bunny | Bathers 1906

Rupert Bunny, Australia 1864-1947 | Bathers 1906 | Oil on canvas | Purchased 1988 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

4 August – 14 October 2012 | Gallery 14, Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) | Free admission

This display examines how, at the end of the nineteenth century, many of Australia’s most talented artists were drawn to Europe to study due to greater opportunities for patronage. Featuring paintings by the ‘Heidelberg’ artists Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Charles Conder and Arthur Streeton who all shared an interest in French Impressionism. Large scale works by AME Bale, Vida Lahey and Rupert Bunny reflect the continued emphasis on the competition or salon piece in the early twentieth century. Works by E Philips Fox and John Russell show the development of vibrant new painting styles. In addition, portraits by George W Lambert and Hugh Ramsey show how these artists took particular inspiration from Diego Velázquez and American-born artist John Singer Sargent, their contemporary, to paint with a bravura style that placed a new emphasis on the face and the figure.

This display has been specially curated while ‘Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado’ occupies the Australian Galleries at QAG.

Tours for visitors with a hearing impairment
10.00am Friday 28 September
Assistive listening devices (FM system) are available for visitors with a hearing impairment. As the number of devices is limited, bookings in advance are essential. A minimum of 2 business days is required and bookings are subject to availability. To book, please contact the Education Bookings Office. Telephone: (07) 3840 7255 (between 8.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday). Email: educationbookings@qagoma.qld.gov.au

Auslan-interpreted tour for visitors who are Deaf
3.00pm Sunday 30 September
Meet your guide at the Melbourne Street information desk. An interpreter from Deaf Services Queensland accompanies the volunteer guide on these free tours. No bookings are required.