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troublemag | October 19, 2018

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Listing State NSW

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney, NSW 2000

John Russell
Australia’s French impressionist
21 Jul – 11 Nov 2018

A major survey of this extraordinary yet little-known Australian painter

Discover the work of John Russell, the remarkable yet little-known Australian artist, who was active and influential within French avant-garde circles in the late 19th century. Once known as Australia’s ‘lost’ impressionist, John Russell was a close friend of Vincent van Gogh and Auguste Rodin, taught impressionist colour theory to Henri Matisse and dined with Claude Monet.

The late 19th – early 20th century was a time of great change and one of the most exhilarating periods in art history. Seen as extreme radicals at the time, Matisse, Monet, Rodin and Van Gogh are now popular for their much-loved art. Yet history has largely forgotten John Russell, a key member of this ground-breaking group of artists.

Bringing together 120 paintings, drawings and watercolours – including a number of works by his contemporaries – this major retrospective is the first survey of Russell’s work in forty years. It offers fresh perspectives on French impressionism, reintroducing Russell’s extraordinary painting to today’s audiences.

The exhibition presents the breadth of Russell’s art from his studies in London and Paris, through impressionism and experimentation with pure colour, to his later fauve-like luminous watercolours. It features significant works that were only rediscovered recently and are exhibited publicly for the first time.

Tickets: $20 adult, $18 conc, $16 member, $48 family (2 adults + up to 3 children), $8 child (5-17 years). Free for children under 5.