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An image of Antibes by John Peter Russell

John Peter Russell

(Australia 16 Jun 1858 – 30 Apr 1930)

Place of origin
circa 1890-circa 1892
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas

16.5 x 24.0 cm stretcher; 36.5 x 43.3 x 7cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "J.R./ .../9(illeg.)".
Gift of the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 2012
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

In Autumn 1890, John Peter Russell left Belle Île to see the Midi and Riviera, where Van Gogh and Monet had worked. He crossed France in a cart drawn by two horses and took a house for the winter in the ancient seaport of Antibes.

Enraptured by the landscape of the French Mediterranean peninsula, Russell produced some of the most dazzling canvases of his career. He painted numerous canvases during his time in Antibes, working out of doors in front of his subject in the southern light. A fine example from this period, 'Antibes' demonstrates Russell conviction to pursue pure colour and move away from the restraints of naturalistic form.

Bibliography (1)

Sotheby's Gallery Melbourne (Compilator), Fine Australian paintings, ‘Fine Australian and European paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture’, Melbourne, Nov 1996, (colour illus.). lot no. 19; estimated price $30,000-40,000; not paginated

Exhibition history (1)

Fine Australian paintings, Sotheby's Gallery Melbourne, Armadale, 18 Nov 1996–19 Nov 1996