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Art Gallery of New South Wales presents John Russell: Australia’s French Impressionist

Start:Sat 21 Jul 2018
End:Sun 11 Nov 2018
Discover the remarkable work of the Australian artist who painted with Van Gogh, Monet and Matisse.

The first major survey of Russell’s work in forty years, John Russell: Australia’s French impressionist brings together 120 paintings, drawings and watercolours drawn from the Art Gallery of NSW collection and from private and public collections around the world including the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Russell’s unique engagement with French art in the 1880s and 90s led to his painting in a pure French impressionist style before he explored new directions at the turn of the century. Living and working in Europe for forty years, Russell formed close friendships with leading artists in Paris, including Vincent van Gogh and Auguste Rodin. He dined with Claude Monet and taught colour theory to Henri Matisse.

The exhibition also presents a small number of works by Russell’s 19th-century contemporaries including two paintings each by Monet, Matisse and Vincent van Gogh and five sculptures by Auguste Rodin.

Highlights in the exhibition include:
¥ John Russell’s 1886 portrait of Vincent van Gogh displayed next to Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with felt hat 1886-87, showing the close affinities between their practices at the time.
¥ Twelve Russell paintings from the Musée d’Orsay, including works that have never been seen in Australia.
¥ Six of Russell’s magnificent blossom paintings from 1887, which inspired Van Gogh
¥ Russell’s In the morning and In the afternoon, both painted in Antibes 1890-91, reunited for the first time since they were displayed together at the New English Art Club in London in 1891.
¥ The intensely coloured Morning, Cruach en Mahr, Belle-Île-en-Mer, exhibited at the 1905 Salon d’Automne where Matisse and his friends were labelled ‘wild beasts’.

Ticketing Information:
$18 adult                                                                           
$16 concession                                                                 
$14 member                                                                    
$44 family (2 adults + up to 3 children)                        
$8 child (5-17 years)                                                   
Free for children under 5

Multi-entry ticket*
$29 adult
$26 concession
$23 member
*Only available at the Gallery

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