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Title

Les aiguilles de Coton, Belle-Île


Artist

John Peter Russell

Australia

16 Jun 1858 - 30 Apr 1930


About

John Russell was the only Australian artist to have been closely associated with some of the most original and influential artists of late nineteenth century France, including Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Henri Matisse. He lived from 1888-1908 on the French island Belle-Île-en-Mer, off the coast of Brittany, attracted, like Matisse and Monet, by the wild, rocky landscape and the unpredictable waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Russell painted a number of key subjects on the island, including the sea, cliffs, rocks and portraits of his family and the local fisherman, Père Polyte. This watercolour depicts the 'Port-Coton needles', a distinctively shaped outcrop of rocks that rises from the water near the shore, a short distance from Russell's house.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004


Details


Alternative title

Port-Coton needles, Belle-Île


Date

1897


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

watercolour, gouache


Dimensions

54.7 x 37.9 cm sight; 82 x 63.4 x 4cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, red watercolour "JOHN RUSSELL. 1897".


Credit

Purchased 1974


Location

Not on display


Accession number

66.1974


Artist information

John Peter Russell

Works in the collection

21


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 7 publications

Bibliography


Ann Galbally, The art of John Peter Russell, Melbourne, 1977, 59 (illus.). cat.no. 30

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Works on Paper', pg. 182-197, Sydney, 1999, 189 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1991. cat.no. 68

Hendrik Kolenberg, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, 'Introduction', pg. 6-16, Sydney, 2005, 17 (colour illus., detail), 110, 111 (colour illus.).

Ursula Prunster, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Home and abroad', pg. 73-74, Sydney, 2000, 82 (colour illus.), 301.

Ursula Prunster (Curator), Belle-Île: Monet, Russell & Matisse in Brittany, Sydney, 2001, 104 (colour illus.). cat.no. 34

Donald Finley, John Peter Russell 1858-1931: Australian impressionist, London, 1965. cat.no. 41