Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - John Russell: Australia's French impressionist by Wayne Tunnicliffe

Australian artist John Russell (1858-1930) was an active and influential member of the French 19th century avant-garde, he was a close friend of Tom Roberts, Vincent van Gogh and Auguste Rodin, taught impressionist colour theory to Henri Matisse, and dined with Claude Monet on Belle Isle. His works are held in, or loaned to, international collections including the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin in Paris, the National Gallery London, as well as the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.While Russell slipped from view, his work deserves serious consideration in the annals of art history. This book includes significant new research and will bring Russell to life as both a person and an artist through essays on his life, work and influences and images of works by Russell and other artists, letters between Russell and other artists such as Van Gogh, Rodin, Matisse and Tom Roberts, and supplementary photographs.Russell was born in Darlinghurst, Sydney in 1858. Destined to be an engineer in the highly successful family businesses, after inheriting money he pursued his passion to be an artist and enrolled at the progressive Slade School of Art in London in 1881. He then moved to France where he studied and worked alongside French avant-garde artists, forming a close friendship with Vincent van Gogh. In 1888 he married Marianna Antoinetta Mattiocco (who later modelled for Rodin) and they settled Belle Ile off the coast of Brittany. Russell built a grand home, Le Chateau Anglais, and hosted many artists over the ensuing decades including Rodin. Russell painted the coast of Belle Isle in an impressionist style before evolving his own richly coloured and expressive post-impressionist practice.Following Marianna's death in 1908, Russell left Belle Ile travelling in France, Italy and then to England and New Zealand before returning to Watsons Bay in Sydney where he lived until his death in 1930.

Buy John Russell: Australia's French impressionist by Wayne Tunnicliffe from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781741741384
ISBN-10: 1741741386
Format: Hardback
(280mm x 215mm x mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Art Gallery of New South Wales
Publisher: Art Gallery of New South Wales
Publish Date: 15-Aug-2018
Country of Publication: Australia

Book Reviews - John Russell: Australia's French impressionist by Wayne Tunnicliffe

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about John Russell: Australia's French impressionist book by Wayne Tunnicliffe and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)


Books By Wayne Tunnicliffe

Mikala Dwyer: a shape of thought by Wayne Tunnicliffe
Paperback / softback, April 2018
$40.50 $45.00
Pop to Popism by Wayne Tunnicliffe
Paperback / softback, November 2014
$49.50 $55.00
Sam Fullbrook: Delicate Beauty by Wayne Tunnicliffe
Paperback / softback, April 2014
$31.46 $34.95