- Place where the work was made
- (circa 1908)
- Media category
- Materials used
- oil on canvas on hardboard
- 63.6 x 80.4 cm board; 70.5 x 87.4 x 3.5 cm frame
- Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, brown oil "Rupert CW Bunny". Not dated.
- Purchased 1953
- Grand Courts
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
During his 47 years in France, Rupert Bunny seamlessly immersed himself in Parisian society, becoming one of the few Australian artists to brilliantly capture the vivaciousness of French society at the turn of the 20th century. He spent the summer of 1908 in the fashionable beachside resort Saint-George-de-Didonne, near Royan, where he recorded in numerous pencil and oil studies a growing middle class with time to indulge in leisure activities. The painting was later completed in his studio in Paris where he shaped it into a view of family and friends, chatting and relaxing in the open air. The scene epitomises the glamour of an endless summer which would soon be swept away by the First World War.
Where the work was made
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Rupert Bunny Retrospective (1968), Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, 31 Jul 1968–03 Sep 1968
Les étés d'or: A homage to France, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 30 Jun 1989–30 Jul 1989
Rupert Bunny: An Australian in Paris (1991-92), National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne, 24 Jul 1991–17 Oct 1991
Rupert Bunny: An Australian in Paris (1991-92), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 09 Nov 1991–02 Feb 1992
Rupert Bunny: An Australian in Paris (1991-92), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Mar 1992–26 Apr 1992
Rupert Bunny: artist in Paris, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Nov 2009–21 Feb 2010
Grand Courts Collection Rehang, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Nov 2021–2025
Referenced in 6 publications
Mary Eagle, Rupert Bunny: An Australian in Paris, Parkes, 1991, 17.
Deborah Edwards, Rupert Bunny: artist in Paris, 'From fin de siécle to belle époque', pg. 31- 101., Sydney, 2009, 64, 78, 92 (colour illus.), 204 (colour illus.). cat.no. 25
Simon Ives and Andrea Nottage, Look, 'La vie boheme: Rupert Bunny and the colourmen of Montparnasse', pg.32-34, Sydney, Sep 2009, 33 (colour illus.).
David Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Rupert Bunny', pg. 550-575, Sydney, Oct 1970, 554, 562 (illus.). dated circa 1910
David Thomas, Rupert Bunny, 'The New Salons', pg. 40-62, East Melbourne, 1970, 58, 58 (illus.), 60.
David Thomas, Rupert Bunny Retrospective, 'Introduction', Newcastle, 1968, not paginated. cat.no. 4
Other works by Rupert Bunny
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