Thursday, August 18, 2011

Excursion time - Pre-Raphaelites at the Art Gallery of NSW

Another day in the city today to visit the Art gallery of NSW, one of my favourite places in Sydney. This time it was to see the drawings and watercolours on loan from England of the Pre-Raphaelites.

The drawings were beautiful, and we were also able to compare the original drawings to a couple of the completed paintings, which really gave an insight into the artistic process of these very talented artists.

Chaucer at the Court of Edward III (1847-51) by Ford Madox Brown is owned and displayed by the Art Gallery. We were lucky enough to see some of the initial drawings for this work, the first time the drawings and final work have ever been on display in the same gallery.

The following two pictures of some of the detail in the painting - absolutely amazing. 

There is also a small selection of Margaret Olley works on display, which were lovely to see. I hadn't seen any of her works up close before. I hope there will be a bigger exhibition of her work at some stage - I'd love to see that.

Ranunculus and Pears (2004) by Margaret Olley (photo from the Art Gallery of NSW)

I loved the Ranunculus in this one. Her domestic interiors are beautiful.

I also got to see this painting by Lucien Henry. I discovered his work whilst browsing the TAFE library. I was so pleased to see this painting in real life rather than just in a book.

And it is fun just to wander around the Art Gallery and find new areas and nooks and crannies you didn't know were there. Here is our very own 'Hogwarts' staircase, which leads down to the Research library.

I love the architecture of the Gallery... the mix of old and new, but especially the old.

And on the way back to the train, Hyde Park was putting on a lovely spring show...

So much colour in my day today. Should be more of it!


Bruce Long said...

GOSH! Your painting has really come on!! :-)

Elaine said...

I wish!