Australia's Impressionists - the exhibition catalogue from The National Gallery available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Australia's Impressionists

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A fascinating survey of Australian impressionist art - the companion book to the National Gallery's acclaimed 2016 exhibition

This landmark book was produced to accompany the National Gallery's 2016 show - the first exhibition in the UK to explore Australia's distinctive and significant impressionist movement.

This beautiful book focuses on the paintings of Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder, and John Peter Russell. All were key players in a distinctively Australian art movement that drew on influences ranging from Whistler's subtle Nocturnes to the European tradition of plein air painting, and revealed Russell (who spent his working life in France, embedded in the avant garde) as one of the outstanding colorists of his time. This beautiful book challenges our preconceptions of what is meant by Impressionism, enriches our understanding of Australian art, and reveals the international nature of art-historical movements and exchanges in the 19th century.

The story is framed by unmistakably Australian subjects and locations, by a preoccupation with light and colour, and in the context of Australian identity and sense of nationhood. 

  • Authors: Christopher Riopelle, Curator Post 1800 Paintings at the National Gallery London; Wayne Tunnicliffe, head of Australian art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Hardcover: 128 pages | 70 colour illustrations
  • Date published: November 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1857096125
  • Product Dimensions: 26.0 x 24.0 cm

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