Mosman’s identity as an idyllic suburb where the bush meets the sea has been recognised artistically via The Balnaves Gift, to be unveiled at the Mosman Art Gallery this weekend.

In a donation from philanthropist and Mosman resident Neil Balnaves, 16 Australian impressionist and early 20th century artworks have been bestowed to the gallery’s holdings. It includes work by artists who have lived in and depicted Mosman and those that have drawn inspiration from the area’s landscape, which has inspired everything from Aboriginal art to impressionism in the late 19th century.

The collection of works, many of which feature beauteous foreshores and bushland, is a vast visual encapsulation of the idea of Australia as ‘sanctuary’ or ‘escape’. The town itself used to be the home of artist camps and attracted countless well-known artists.

The Balnaves Gift includes work by some of Australia’s great artists, including Arthur Streeton, Conrad Martens, Will Ashton, Henry Fullwood, Elioth Gruner, George Halstead, James Jackson, Charles Meere, Adelaide Perry, Sydney Long, Ethel Carrick Fox and Margaret Preston.

At an estimated value of over $1 million, and the single largest contribution to the collection, the paintings will be on display to the public in the newly re-developed gallery from Saturday July 7.

Mosman Art Gallery
Corner Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Road, Mosman
(02) 9978 4178

mosmanartgallery.org.au