(Australia 1859 – 1935)
61.0 x 45.5 cm stretcher; 78.3 x 64.4 x 4.3 cm frame
Lindsay Bernard Hall was born at Liverpool, England, in 1859 and studied at the Royal College of Art in London and at the Antwerp and Munich Academies.
Hall was appointed Director of the National Gallery of Victoria in 1892 and its Art School, where he continued the Munich traditions established there by his predecessors George Follingsby and Eugen von Guérard.
His purchases for the Gallery under the terms of the Felton Bequest were both liberal and perceptive and included the masterpiece 'Boulevard Montmartre, Morning, Cloudy Weather' by Pissaro, selected from an exhibition of the artist's work held at London's Grafton Galleries in 1905.
In his own practice, Hall's preferred subjects were nudes, still lifes and interiors, of which his home provided numerous views for the artist to paint.
Hall was a member of the Victorian Artists' Society and regular exhibitor at the Society from 1893. He also held one-man exhibitions at the Athenaeum Hall, Melbourne.
Bernard Hall died in England in 1935. A memorial exhibition of his work was held at the Athenaeum Gallery, Melbourne, in May 1935.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003
Robert Lindsay., Aspects of Australian Art: Art Gallery of New South Wales travelling art exhibition 1976, 'Bernard Hall', Sydney, 1976, (illus.). cat.no. 27; not paginated
Bernard Smith, 100 years of Australian painting, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1948, 6. cat.no. 13
Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 85. cat.no. 85
Society of Artists Annual Exhibition (1931), Education Department Gallery [Loftus Street], Sydney, 05 Sep 1931–02 Oct 1931
100 years of Australian painting (1948), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Apr 1948–17 May 1948
Aspects of Australian art: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1976, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1976–1977