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(circa 1898)


Rupert Bunny

Australia, France

29 Sep 1864 - 25 May 1947


Rupert Bunny was born in Melbourne and studied at the National Gallery School under Oswald Campbell and George Folingsby 1881-83. He travelled to Germany and England with his father in 1884 and studied at St Johns Wood Art School under Phillip Calderon, and in Paris under Jean Paul Laurens, Leon Glaize and Benjamin Constant. One of the most important of Australian expatriates, Bunny remained in Paris, taking part in its artistic and musical life; he did not return permanently to Australia until the death of his French wife in 1932.

An early exponent of the colour monotype, Bunny first exhibited them in London in 1898. He continued to produce monotypes at various times in his life. The technique was popular with many artists in Paris in the 1890s, Edgar Degas in particular. In 1920 Bunny produced over one hundred for Galerie Georges Petit in Paris who exhibited them in 1921 and 1924; when he returned to Australia he brought all those remaining with him and exhibited them in Melbourne and Sydney in 1941 and 1943.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, AGNSW, 1998


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Place where the work was made

Paris France


(circa 1898)

Media category


Materials used

colour monotype, printed on thick white wove paper


34.6 x 24.9 cm platemark; 49.9 x 32.6 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed in plate with monogram to print u.r., "RCWB". Not dated.


Purchased 1969


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Rupert Bunny

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 10 publications


Jane Clark, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Rupert Bunny / E. Phillips Fox', pg. 20-31, Sydney, 2002, 142.

Dennis Colsey, Hand and eye - a survey of artists materials and techniques: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1970, Sydney, 1969, (illus.). 43

Deborah Edwards, Stampede of the Lower Gods: Classical Mythology in Australian Art, Sydney, Sep 1989, 63.

Deborah Edwards, Look, 'Rupert Bunny: An exotic in the history of Australian art', pg. 28-32, Sydney, Nov 2009, 31 (colour illus.).

Renée Free, Fin de Siècle, Sydney, Jan 1994.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 33 (colour illus.). 17

Desmond Macaulay and Bettina Macaulay, Singing in the heart: Music and the art of Rupert Bunny, 'From sea to shore in the early Belle Epoque', pg. 35-45, Queensland, 2007, front cover (colour illus.), 37 (colour illus.), 107. no catalogue numbers

Denise Mimmocchi, Rupert Bunny: artist in Paris, 'Dreaming before the task of abstraction: Rupert Bunny's monotypes', pg. 133- 155., Sydney, 2009, 135 (colour illus.), 143, 208 (colour illus.). 93

David Thomas, Rupert Bunny, East Melbourne, 1970, 37 (illus.).

David Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Rupert Bunny', pg. 550-575, Sydney, Oct 1970, 557 (illus.).