A detail from Vincent Van Gogh’s A wheatfield, with cypresses, early September 1889.
National Gallery, London. Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1923 (NG3861) © The National Gallery, London
Van Gogh's immersion in the natural world, for his art and for its therapeutic effects, saw him observe in minute detail the changing of the seasons.
Installation view of Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Photo: Wayne Taylor
Paintings that turn into frocks; a model dressed in nine outfits like a Russian doll. A new exhibition by Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf is truly fashion as performance art.
Degas and Manet’s stormy relationship is expressed in a portrait Degas painted of Manet and his wife, which has been slashed, presumably by Manet himself.
Detail of Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet and Mme. Manet (1868-69) Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, via Wikimedia Commons
Edgar Degas’ relationship with Impressionism was to be a stormy one, but his encounter with Edouard Manet in 1862 was a turning-point in his career. Degas went on to paint a portrait of Manet and his wife - later slashed in mysterious circumstances.
Degas beautifully captured women in private moments.
Detail of Edgar Degas, Woman seated on the edge of the bath sponging her neck c. 1880–95, Musée D’Orsay, Paris
Edgar Degas was fascinated with women's bodies. Whether dancing, ironing or bathing, he captured these intimate moments with a voyeur's detached scrutiny.
Why is Whistler’s mother one of the most persistently famous images in the world?
James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in grey and black no. 1 (Portrait of the artist's mother) 1871. Image courtesy of the NGV.
Whistler's Mother, which arrives in Melbourne on March 25, is one of the most famous portraits in the world. But James Whistler never wanted the sitter's identity known.
Lucy Kemp-Welch, Horses bathing in the sea, 1900. Oil on canvas. Estate of Lucy Kemp-Welch.
National Gallery of Victoria
The Horse, currently on display at the National Gallery of Victoria, celebrates the pivotal role the horse has played in the evolution of civilisation.
Corrado Giaquinto, Italian 1703–1766, worked in Spain 1753–62, Allegory of Justice and Peace (Allegoria della Giustizia e della Pace) c.1753–54 oil on canvas, 216.0 x 325.0 cm.
Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (P00104), Spanish Royal Collection
Nationalism is not always a good thing where understanding art is concerned, but in the case of Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado on show at the National Gallery of Victoria…