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Title

Tritons

(circa 1890)

Artist

Rupert Bunny

Australia, France

29 Sep 1864 - 25 May 1947

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Paris France
    Date
    (circa 1890)
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    80.3 x 150.5 cm stretcher; 109.3 x 179.1 x 5.5 cm frame; 78.5 x 148.0 cm sight edge
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., black oil "Rupert C.W. Bunny.". Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1969
    Location
    19th c Australian art
    Accession number
    OA27.1969
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Rupert Bunny

    Artist profile

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Exhibited in Paris at the Old Salon in 1890, 'Tritons' was the first painting by an Australian to receive an honourable mention. The work depicts a group of tritons – legendary creatures who lived both on land and at sea – enjoying an idle moment in their tranquil surroundings, and introduces some of the features which would come to characterise the artist’s work: a fascination for mythological subjects and the portrayal of the exotic within an intimate setting. Rupert Bunny has skilfully created a twilight ambience through delicate colour schemes, where the pale blue, silvery ocean and pink-toned sky are quietly reflected in the flesh tones of the figures.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Paris

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 6 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 17 publications

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