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A London gallery first for Australian art

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016

An exhibition devoted to Australian painting will be held for the first time at London's National Gallery, featuring 41 works by four leading Australian Impressionists.

Paintings by Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Condor and John Russell dating from the late 19th century will be exhibited in the gallery from December 7 to March 26.

The works will travel to London from some of Australia's leading public galleries as well as private collections in Australia and the UK.

The four featured artists all spent time in Europe where they were influenced by the Impressionist art movement with its focus on the effects of light and colour and depictions of everyday life.

Roberts, Streeton and Condon were members of Melbourne's so-called Heidelberg School, developing a distinctly Australian version of Impressionism.

The National Gallery exhibition includes their depictions of Melbourne and Sydney cityscapes as well as scenes from the Australian bush.

Russell was born and died in Sydney but spent 40 years as an expatriate in Europe, where he got to know Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Monet and Matisse.

Christopher Riopelle, National Gallery Curator of Post-1800 Paintings, said the exhibition was a chance for British and other European visitors "to witness Australians using oil painting to come to visual terms with a continent so endlessly different from their own."

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