Friday, July 15, 2011

Eugene von Guerard

Have just returned from the most wonderful exhibition of Eugene von Guerard's work at the National Gallery of Victoria Fed Square. That man was a genius. The exhibition finishes early in August - if  you are in town - GO SEE!

Eugene von Guérard - Nature Revealed

The side descriptions were very well done - but nowhere was there reference to (a) the tiny birds which appeared in half the paintings and (b) the rain showers that appeared in many.  What was noted often was von Guerard's meticulous, detailed and breathtaking imagery.  It would be wonderful to have an exhibition comparing his scenes with present day actuality.  The image below (from the NGV website) is of Tower Hill in south west Victoria - it's years since I've visited there, but I know it doesn't look like this!

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