Currently on show at the Art Gallery of NSW is ‘John Russell: Australia’s French Impressionist’ featuring over 120 works by John Russell, Australia’s French impressionist. I’d not been familiar with Russell’s work until a few months ago, he’d simply not been anyone I’d encountered before. And after seeing this exhibition it seems a great many people haven’t heard of him, or only heard about him in passing. Despite being friends with contemporaries like Rodin and Tom Roberts, working with Monet and Matisse he’d largely gone unnoticed in France and his homeland, Australia. Which is a real shame his work is inspiring to say the least, vibrant and bold I loved this exhibition and spent a morning going through the rooms immersing myself in it.
The sculptures of Russell’s wife by Rodin where a very nice surprise and a real treat to see in person, up close. As was the Monet, on loan, being able to stand in front of it was a real thrill. Well worth seeing if you can.
As usual, I was armed with my trusty iPhone and captured what I could.