Mon ami 'Polite
16 Jun 1858 - 22 Apr 1930
oil on canvas
54.6 x 65.4 cm stretcher; 52.5 x 63.5 cm sight edge; 72.5 x 83.5 x 6.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.l., oil "John Russell/ ... 1900".
Shown in 8 exhibitions
John Peter Russell 1858-1931: Australian Impressionist (1965), Wildenstein Gallery, London, Jul 1965–Aug 1965
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1966, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Apr 1967–07 May 1967
Van Gogh in Auckland, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, 10 Aug 1975–15 Oct 1975
Les étés d'or: A homage to France, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 30 Jun 1989–30 Jul 1989
Belle-Île: Monet, Russell & Matisse in Brittany:
The Edwardians: Secrets and Desire:
Impressions: painting light and life, National Portrait Gallery [Parliamentary Zone], Canberra, 25 Nov 2011–04 Mar 2012
John Russell, Australia’s French impressionist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Jul 2018–11 Nov 2018
Referenced in 9 publications
Christie's, Australia Pty. Ltd. (Compilator), Christie's Australia: Australian and International Paintings, Sydney, Aug 2003, 120. lot no. 100; a related painting to the AGNSW's 'Mon ami 'Polite' is reproduced in colour on page 121, titled 'Belle-Île, Le Père Polyte (Polyte pêcheur)', oil on canvas, 65.4 x 81.5cm, not dated.
Sarah Engledow, Impressions: painting light & life, Catalogue essay, pg. 7-16, Canberra, 2011, 132 (caption), 133 (colour illus.). cat.no. 58
Anne Gray, The Edwardians: secrets and desires, 'The Edwardians', pg. 10-71, Canberra, 2004, 22 (colour illus.), 219 (colour illus.). cat.no. 115; also titled '(Père Polyte)'
Alan McCulloch, The golden age of Australian painting - Impressionism and the Heidelberg school, Melbourne, 1969, 169 (colour illus.).
Ursula Prunster, Belle-Île: Monet, Russell & Matisse in Brittany, 'Painting Belle-Île', pg.19-47, Sydney, 2001, 34-35, 92 (colour illus.). cat.no. 21
Sebastian Smee, Look, 'Belle-Île: island of great painters, unreal colours, brutal weather and modest, kind locals', pg. 20-23, Melbourne, Nov 2001, 22 (colour illus.).
Donald Finley, John Peter Russell 1858-1931: Australian impressionist, London, 1965. cat.no. 19
Unknown (Editor), Sporting Doctor Magazine, Sydney, Sep 1996, 56. PS Worksheet 485
Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, Sydney, Jan 1966, 275 (illus.). Article by Daniel Thomas.