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Title

Bacchus Marsh, Werribee Creek

1876


Artist

Louis Buvelot

Australia, Switzerland, Brazil

03 Mar 1814 - 30 May 1888


About

In spite of its humble focus on foreground and scrubby trees, 'Bacchus March, Werribee Creek' is a drawing of understated grandeur. A relatively large drawing for Buvelot, it was doubtless intended for exhibition as a finished work. The intensity of Buvelot's involvement in his subject is obvious - it is a drawing of a scene most would overlook. The drawing has a quiet mystery; the experience it gives of a curving dirt path underfoot, a mound of earth with scrub directly ahead and distant hills and grey, atmospheric sky is both absorbing and satisfying. It represents a solitary moment of reflection when seemingly unspectacular everyday experience becomes poetic and memorable.


Details


Place where the work was made

Victoria Australia


Date

1876


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pencil, grey wash


Dimensions

37.1 x 55.6 cm sight; 63.5 x 79.3 x 3.9 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, pencil "LB .6/ 1876/ ...".


Credit

Edward Stinson Bequest Fund 1997


Location

Not on display


Accession number

280.1997


Artist information

Louis Buvelot

Works in the collection

10


Place

Where the work was made
Victoria

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'A Buvelot Drawing in 'Australian Drawings from the Gallery's Collection'', pg. 21, Heidelberg, Feb 1998, 21 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, 'Introduction', pg. 6-16, Sydney, 2005, 10, 64 (collour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 21 (illus.). cat.no. 5