Rupert Bunny: Artist in Paris traces Bunny’s extraordinary life and art, from Melbourne to Paris and back again. Organised by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, this will be the first major exhibition of Bunny’s work since 1991 and includes over one hundred paintings, drawings and monotypes, some of which have never been seen before in Australia. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition and comprehensively addresses all aspects of the artist’s oeuvre.
Rupert Bunny: artist in Paris - Introduced by Curator, Deborah Edwards
Rupert Bunny (1864–1947) is an exotic in the history of Australian art. A creator of grand, sumptuous paintings of Parisian life in the late 19th century, Bunny became one of the most successful artists of his generation.
Bunny's romantic portrayals of beautiful women at leisure capture the charm and idyllic life of France's "beautiful era" – the seemingly endless summer of the belle époque. His dream-like paintings of mythological scenes reveal an inspired and imaginative view of life and art.
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Pastoral [Sea idyll Pastorale] c.1893, oil on canvas, 142.0 h x 251.0 w
A summer morning c. 1897
Dolce farniente c1897 (Sweet idleness).
Mme Sada Yacco ‘Kesa' c1900 (1907).
Summer time c1907, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney