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.
circa 1890-circa 1892
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
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
Fine Australian paintings, Sotheby's Gallery Melbourne, Armadale, 18 Nov 1996–19 Nov 1996
Referenced in 1 publication
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