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"Belle-Ile: Monet, Russell and Matisse in Brittany"
2002-02-14 until 2002-04-21
Queensland Art Gallery
Brisbane, QL, AU Australia

This beautiful exhibition brings together approximately fifty paintings by renowned French artists Claude Monet and Henri Matisse and Australian impressionist John Peter Russell.

In the late nineteenth century these artists were all drawn to Belle-Île, off the coast of Brittany, France, by their desire to capture on canvas the island’s dramatic, storm-tossed coastline. Russell made his home on Belle-Île for two decades and his studio, ‘l’atelier des vents’ (the studio of the winds), was frequented by many well-known artists including the sculptor Auguste Rodin.

Today, Russell's work is more widely recognised in France than in Australia. 'Belle-Île: Monet, Russell and Matisse in Brittany' places Russell within the context of two leading French artists, and shows the impact of this important Australian impressionist through his extraordinary paintings of Belle-Île.

Exhibition organised by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

IMAGE:
John Peter Russell, 1859-1930
Roc Toul (Roche Guibel) c.1904-5
Oil on canvas
98.4 x 128cm
Gift of Lady Trout 1979
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery


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