One of Australias most famous paintings, Shearing the Rams, by Tom Roberts, heads to country Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, Director, Gerard Vaughan announced earlier this week.
Dr Vaughan said it was the first time ever that Shearing the Rams had been displayed in regional Victoria.
The painting will be shown as part of the National Gallery of Victorias Centenary of Federation celebrations.
Dr Vaughan said the exhibit was a fantastic opportunity for people in regional Victoria to view the much-loved artwork without having to travel to Melbourne.
Shearing the rams is a favourite work of art for many of the NGV’s visitors, including people from country Victoria.
Shearing the rams has long been a part of the NGV’s permanent display and the work will be a popular highlight of our new Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australian Art opening at Federation Square in mid-2002, Dr Vaughan said.
Dr Vaughan said the Shearing the rams tour to Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Sale provided country Victorians with an extra incentive to explore their own local galleries.
The Shearing the rams regional Victorian tour is proudly sponsored by Tattersalls.
Indemnification for this tour is provided by Arts Victoria, Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Tom Roberts, a leading member of the Heidelberg School, commenced painting Shearing the rams at Brocklesby Station near Corowa between 1888-90.