This catalogue accompanies the exhibition opening at the National Gallery of Australia in March 2004 that aims to reassess the art of the Edwardian period, focusing in particular on the art of Australia. Among Australia's most loved artists are those who went to Europe at the turn of the 19th century to study and live. Many of them stayed abroad for two decades and, like Australian film stars of today, became absorbed onto the world stage. This book places the work of these artists in the context of the British, Irish and American artists with whom they exhibited and associated, and demonstrates their parallel concerns in painterly approach and subject. Opening with paintings by Whistler, which were so influential on the artists of this period, the exhibition focuses on figurative paintings by select British, Irish, American and Australian artists from 1900 to 1914. It also includes George Lambert's King Edward VII (1910), completed shortly before Edward's death and now held in the Commonwealth of Australia Collection. In total the exhibition comprises approximately 140 paintings, sculptures, costumes and fan designs drawn from national and international collections.
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Author Biography - Anna Gray
Anna Gray is Assistant Director, Australian Art, National Gallery of Australia. Kenneth McConkey is Professor of Art History, Northumbria University. MaryAnne Stevens is Collections Secretary at the Royal Academy of Arts. Christine Riding is a Curator at Tate Britain. Benedict Read is Senior Lecturer in Art History, University of Leeds. Among Ann Galbally's books are biographies of Redmond Barry and John Peter Russell.