Almost 100 works from the Royal Academy of Arts, London, including paintings by J.M. W. Turner, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, John Singer Sargent, Henry Fuseli, John Everett Millais, John William Waterhouse and Sir Joshua Reynolds, will be exhibited at Bendigo Art Gallery from 2 March.
The Royal Academy of Arts was founded in London in 1768 in an effort by British artists to raise the status of their profession. The RA’s reputation has waxed and waned with artistic fashion, its ability to attract the leading painters of the day, and Britain’s place in the European and art of the day. Before and immediately after Word War 1 the RA was a magnet for Australian artists. To complement the works on loan, 30 paintings by Australian artists, such as Nicholas Chevalier, Tom Roberts, John Longstaff, Rupert Bunny, Arthur Streeton, E Phillips Fox, Margaret Preston, Agnes Goodsir and William Dobell who were educated, then exhibited and subsequently gained reputation through the RA, have been included.
Genius and Ambition: The Royal Academy of Arts, London 1768 – 1918
Exhibition dates 2 March – 9 June 2014
Family ticket (2+2) $48.00*
Season adult $60.00
Season concession $48.00
Member adult $14.00**
Member secondary/primary $4.50
Member season $34.00
*Family tickets include 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 18.
**Members will be required to produce membership card upon entry.