Australia's Impressionists


In 1889 an exhibition of contemporary art opened in central Melbourne called ‘The 9 by 5 Impression Exhibition’. The curious title referred to the dimensions in inches of the cigar box lids that served as supports for many of the pictures on display. The leading painters were Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder, and John Russell.

This beautiful 128 page casebound publication for The National Gallery’s Australia’s Impressionists exhibition, the first in the UK of its kind, features these four innovative Australian Impressionist artists. The exhibition explores Impressionism in an Australian context – closely related to yet entirely distinct from its European counterparts.