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Title

Adagio


Artist

Tom Roberts

England, Australia

08 Mar 1856 - 14 Sep 1931


About

'Adagio' reflects Roberts' great love of music during the 1890s, when he attended regular musical soireés and counted musicians amongst his friends and portrait subjects. Representing a brief divergence from his generally realist approach, it shows the influence of the European Symbolists who were inspired by the idea of a relationship between musical and pictorial expression. Like them, Roberts aimed to encourage contemplation: evoking ideas and feelings which could not be expressed through a more literal transcription of reality.


Details


Other Titles

Girl with Violin

Violinist


Place where the work was made

Australia


Date

(circa 1893)


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on paperboard


Dimensions

25.4 x 50.6 cm board; 24.0 x 49.4 cm sight edge; 44.4 x 69.8 x 3.6 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1947


Accession number

8010


Artist information

Tom Roberts

Works in the collection

46


Place

Where the work was made
Australia

Shown in 8 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 14 publications

Bibliography


John Buckley (Curator), Nocturne: images of night and darkness from colonial to contemporary, Mornington, 2002, 10, 11 (colour illus.), 28. no catalogue numbers

Jane Clark, Golden summers: Heidelberg and beyond, 'Sydney Harbour', pg. 150-152, Melbourne, 1985, 167 (colour illus.), 168.

Inverell Art Gallery, Tom Roberts Art Exhibition. Tom Roberts Festival 2001, Inverell, 2001, 2. cat.no. 1

James R. Lawson Pty Ltd, Catalogue of a most important collection of valuable works of art, Sydney, 1947, 33. lot.no. 412

Susan McCulloch-Uelin, The Weekend Australian, 'Lunar dreaming', pg. R16-R17., Sydney, 20 Apr 2002-21 Apr 2002, R17 (illus.).

Humphrey McQueen, Tom Roberts, 'The fortunes of Tom Roberts', pg. 20, Adelaide, 1996, 32, 33 (colour illus.).

Denise Mimmocchi, Australian Symbolism: the art of dreams, ‘Dreams of the bohemian idyll: Charles Conder and his impact’, pg. 90-110, Sydney, 2012, 105, 108 (colour illus.), 147.

Society of Artists, Society of Artists Spring Exhibition, 'Oil section', pg. 5-16, Sydney, 1899, 6. cat.no. 69

Virginia Spate, Tom Roberts, 'Roberts' figure-paintings', pg. 72-103, Melbourne, 1978, 73, 84 (colour illus.), 97-99, 101, 103. plate no. 28

Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Tom Roberts', pg. 466-487, Sydney, Jul 1969, 478 (illus.).

Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 1 - Text, Melbourne, 1985, 129, 130. cat.no. 212

Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 2 - Plates, Melbourne, 1985, (colour illus.). plate no. 96

Wayne Tunnicliffe and Deborah Edwards, Look, ‘New Australia’, pg. 24-27, Sydney, May 2012, 39 (colour illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), Exhibition and sale of paintings by Tom Roberts, previous to his leaving Australia., Sydney, Nov 1900. titled 'Girl with Violin'; cat.no. 5; priced 5 guineas