(Italy, Australia, New Zealand 21 Feb 1860 – 24 Jun 1926)
23.2 x 31.4 cm board; 33.6 x 41.5 x 2.0 cm frame
Italian-born and trained, Girolamo Nerli brought the influence of the Macchiaioli plein-air group to Australian painters, including Conder, Streeton and Roberts. Like the French Impressionists, the Macchiaioli were concerned with the portrayal of light – but they were more interested in conveying a metaphysical intensity rather than light’s momentary effects.
This scene depicts Sandringham beach on Port Phillip Bay near Melbourne, and shows Nerli’s preference for rapidly sketched atmospheric effects in muted tones, with small contrasting touches of brightness. The figures strolling along the shore are important compositional accents to an otherwise sparingly delineated coastal landscape.
Michael Dunn, Nerli - An exhibition of paintings & drawings, 'The art of Girolamo Nerli 1860-1926', pg. 11-24, Dunedin, 1988, 22, 23, 34, 114 (illus.), 115. cat.no. 38
Linda Slutzkin, On the beach, Sydney, 1982, 8 (illus.). cat.no. 3
Betty Currie, Girolamo Pieri Nerli (1863-1926), Melbourne, 1976, 18, 19, 30, 33, (illus.).
Ron Radford., Ladies in Landscapes, 'Ladies in Landscapes', Ballarat, 1974, (illus.). cat.no. 26; catalogue entry and sepia toned reproduction; not paginated
Dr Ursula Hoff, Charles Conder, Melbourne, 1972, (illus.).
Alan McCulloch, The golden age of Australian painting - Impressionism and the Heidelberg school, Melbourne, 1969, 31 (illus.). cat.no. 30
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Purchases and Acquisitions for 1958 National Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney, 1958, 12. cat.no. 20
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1958, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Feb 1959–08 Mar 1959
Ladies in Landscapes:
On the Beach, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Dec 1982–28 Dec 1982
Italian artists working in 19th century Australia (1993), S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 24 Sep 1993–21 Nov 1993
Plein-air painting in Europe 1780-1850, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Sep 2004–31 Oct 2004