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. He arrived in Melbourne in 1892.
Hall was appointed Director of the National Gallery of Victoria 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 Pissarro, 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. A similar painting, which also shows the distinctive mirror hanging on the wall in 'Chez-moi', is in the collection of the University of Melbourne, titled 'Dining room interior', and dated circa 1910-19.
Hall was a member of the Victorian Artists' Society and regular exhibitor at the Society from 1893.
Bernard Hall died in England in 1935.
The Interior [A Catalogue of Australian Oil Paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Bernard Smith, 1953, pg.85]
oil on canvas
68.7 x 50.8 cm stretcher; 80.6 x 63.1 x 8.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, black oil "B.Hall". Not dated.
Marshall Bequest Fund 1932
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
150 years of Australian art (1938), National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jan 1938–25 Apr 1938
Referenced in 4 publications
Penelope Curtin and Tansy Curtin, Blooms and brushstrokes: a floral history of Australian art, 'Flowers A-Z: Rose', pg. 156-157, Mile End, 160, 163 (colour illus.), 166, 196.
Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. not paginated, cat.no. 756 [Gallery No. 7]
Gwen Rankin, L. Bernard Hall: the man the art world forgot, One foot in sea and one on shore: 1929-1933, pg. 219-239, Sydney, 2013, 225 (colour illus.).
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. 245; titled 'The interior'