John Russell: Australia's French Impressionist
Even though John Russell taught colour theory to Henri Matisse, dined with Claude Monet and mingled with Vincent van Gogh and Auguste Rodin, this Australian artist is little known to the broader public.
Sydney-born Russell lived and worked in Europe and, in the 1880s and '90s, created painting in a pure French impressionist style, before going on to explore new directions at the turn of the century.
This is the first major survey of Russell’s work in 40 years, and brings together 120 paintings, drawings and watercolours from the Art Gallery of NSW collection and from private and public collections around the world, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. There are also 12 pieces from the Musée d’Orsay, including works that have never been seen in Australia.
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