John Russell: An Australian Impressionist in France

Date and time

Monday 12 December, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Wayne Tunnicliffe


Admission free

John Russell is one of Australia's most fascinating late 19th-century artists.

He moved to Paris at a time of rapid change and debate about the nature of art practice, and was unique among his compatriots in his engagement with the French avant-garde.

This lecture will consider Russell’s development as an Impressionist painter within the context of his close friendships with other artists including Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin, and Henri Matisse. Wayne Tunnicliffe is Head Curator of Australian Art at the Gallery of New South Wales.

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

Image above: Detail from John Peter Russell, ‘In the Morning, Alpes Maritimes from Antibes’, 1890-91, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra