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Victorian watercolours : from the art gallery of New South Wales

Author: Peter Raissis; Art Gallery of New South Wales,
Publisher: Sydney, Australia : Art Gallery of New South Wales, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over 80 magnificent but seldom-seen watercolours made between the 1830s and 1900 from the Gallery’s collection are presented in a Victorian-style display in the Grand Courts. Victorian watercolours were among the very first works of art acquired by the Art Gallery of NSW. Painted in an elaborate, highly finished style that claimed consideration on equal terms with oil painting, they were highly prized in the 19th
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Raissis; Art Gallery of New South Wales,
ISBN: 9781741741315 1741741319
OCLC Number: 1001268298
Notes: Catalog of the exhibition Victorian watercolours at the Art Gallery of New South Wales 2 June - 3 December 2017.
Description: 203 pages ; 29 cm
Responsibility: Peter Raissis.

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Over 80 magnificent but seldom-seen watercolours made between the 1830s and 1900 from the Gallery’s collection are presented in a Victorian-style display in the Grand Courts. Victorian watercolours were among the very first works of art acquired by the Art Gallery of NSW. Painted in an elaborate, highly finished style that claimed consideration on equal terms with oil painting, they were highly prized in the 19th century. Watercolour painters embraced new and ambitious subjects and usually displayed their pictures in ornate gold frames to set off their jewel-like colours. Following an extensive conservation project, this exhibition is a rare chance to see these works on paper. Presented in the historic galleries that were originally designed to showcase such pictures, it also offers visitors a new experience of these exceptional architectural spaces.--Gallery website.

A celebration of the glory of British watercolours from the Victorian period. This new book features over eighty artworks by more than seventy artists that represent the glory of British watercolours from the Victorian period. Artists include: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, George John Pinwell and Myles Birket Foster. It is the second in a series on prints and drawings drawn from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Peter Raissis explores the social, cultural and technical background to watercolour painting in 19th-century Victorian Britain, as well as the reception and appreciation of the medium both in Britain and Australia. Entries on each of the works give insights into the painters lives and the differing subject matter, ranging from everyday life and landscape to the worlds of fantasy and imagination.

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