Art Review: Australians in Paris, NGV until 6 October
Art Review / Belle Epoque / Impressionism / Modernism / National Gallery / Painting / Post Impressionism

Art Review: Australians in Paris, NGV until 6 October

A hundred years ago there was only one place for an aspiring Australian artist — or any other, for that matter — to go: Paris. It was the capital of the art world and it was the fountainhead of all that was modern. As the gifted Australian painter, Rupert Bunny, said, it was only in … Continue reading

Art Review: Monet at the National Gallery of Victoria, until 8 September, 2013
Art Review / Belle Epoque / Impressionism / Modernism / National Gallery / Post Impressionism

Art Review: Monet at the National Gallery of Victoria, until 8 September, 2013

There are many beautiful and surprising things to see at the National Gallery of Victoria’s winter show “Monet’s Garden”. It is a privilege to examine 63 paintings by arguably the most revolutionary French painter of the 19th Century. It is, however, not quite what is advertised. Of the 63 paintings by Monet exhibited perhaps 39 are … Continue reading

Art Review: Toulouse Lautrec at the National Gallery in Canberra…until 2 April, 2013
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Art Review: Toulouse Lautrec at the National Gallery in Canberra…until 2 April, 2013

The National Gallery in Canberra’s big show this summer is Toulouse Lautrec: Paris and Moulin Rouge. The show assembles several hundred images, mostly prints, and a number paintings produced during Lautrec’s short life. He was only 37 years old when he died in 1901. An aristocrat and a near dwarf with congenitally poor bones which … Continue reading