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Rupert Bunny
artist in Paris

A summer morning c1897. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. MJMCarter AOCollection through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2009. Given in memory of Jean A Sutcliffe (1921–2004)

It is no exaggeration to say that Bunny had the greatest international reputation of any Australian-born painter

- John McDonald 1986

Rupert Bunny (1864–1947) is an exotic in the history of Australian art. A creator of grand, sumptuous paintings of Parisian life in the late 19th century, Bunny became one of the most successful artists of his generation.

Bunny’s romantic portrayals of beautiful women at leisure capture the charm and idyllic life of France’s 'beautiful era’ – the seemingly endless summer of the belle époque. His dream-like paintings of mythological scenes reveal an inspired and imaginative view of life and art.

Rupert Bunny’s international success over the five decades he spent in Paris saw his work exhibited throughout Europe and collected by the leading museums. He also led a fascinating and cosmopolitan life with Nellie Melba, Auguste Rodin, Claude Debussy and Sarah Bernhardt among his acquaintances.

This major exhibition celebrates an exceptional Australian artist and includes over 100 of Bunny’s works from collections in Australia, London and Paris – some never seen before in Australia.

Principal sponsor
Ernst & Young

Media partner
JCDecaux The Sydney Morning Herald City of Sydney

Ongoing support sponsor
Delta Electricity Qantas Airways Limited

Paint supplier
Porter's Original Paints

21 Nov 2009 – 21 Feb 2010

$15.00 adult
$10.00 concession
$10.00 member
$40.00 family (2 adults + up to 3 children)
$5.00 student in booked school group

Major exhibition gallery