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circa 1890-circa 1892


John Russell


16 Jun 1858 – 22 Apr 1930

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Antibes France
    circa 1890-circa 1892
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    16.5 x 24.0 cm stretcher; 36.5 x 43.3 x 7cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil "J.R./ .../9(illeg.)".

    Gift of the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 2012
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    John Russell

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  • About

    In Autumn 1890, John Peter Russell left Belle Île to see the Midi and Riviera, where Van Gogh and Monet had worked. He crossed France in a cart drawn by two horses and took a house for the winter in the ancient seaport of Antibes.

    Enraptured by the landscape of the French Mediterranean peninsula, Russell produced some of the most dazzling canvases of his career. He painted numerous canvases during his time in Antibes, working out of doors in front of his subject in the southern light. A fine example from this period, 'Antibes' demonstrates Russell conviction to pursue pure colour and move away from the restraints of naturalistic form.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Christopher Riopelle (Editor), Australia's impressionists, 'Catalogue', pg. 64-109, London, 2016, 102 (colour illus.), 117, 125. cat.no. 36

    • Sotheby's Gallery Melbourne (Compilator), Fine Australian paintings, ‘Fine Australian and European paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture’, Melbourne, Nov 1996, (colour illus.). lot no. 19; estimated price $30,000-40,000; not paginated

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