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An image of Mount Olympus, Lake St Clair, Tasmania, the source of the Derwent by WC Piguenit

WC Piguenit

(Australia 27 Aug 1836 – 17 Jul 1914)

Title
Mount Olympus, Lake St Clair, Tasmania, the source of the Derwent
Other titles:
Mount Olympus, Lake St Clair, Tasmania
Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus, Tasmania
Year
1875
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas
Dimensions

69.0 x 107.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., oil "W. C. Piguenit 1875".
Credit
Gift of fifty subscribers 1875
Accession number
6141
Location
19th c Australian art
Further information

Son of a convict transported to Van Diemen’s Land in 1830, WC Piguenit was schooled in Hobart and later worked in the Department of Lands survey office as a draughtsman. He received rudimentary instruction in painting, however he was largely self taught, making sketching and photography trips to remote and spectacular regions of Tasmania. Piguenit painted in the colonial Romantic tradition, describing nature in terms of its infinite mystery combined with a topographical essence of its features.

'Mount Olympus' is one of many works in which Piguenit painted Tasmania in terms of a sublime majesty evoked through a masterful orchestration of earth, water and sky and dwarfed human activity. It was the first oil painting acquired by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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Exhibition history (5)

Travelling Art Exhibitions 1952. Australian landscape painting:

A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Sep 1953–25 Oct 1953

Australian art in the 1870s:

A century of Australian landscape painting: mood and moment:

W.C. Piguenit 1836-1914: