Rupert Bunny (1864-1947) was one of the most successful expatriate artists of his generation. His sumptuous paintings of Parisian life in the late 19th century achieved a level of critical acclaim that no Australian artist had yet obtained.
A new exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, Rupert Bunny: Artist in Paris, brings together more than 100 of his most significant paintings, including works from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, and from private collections.
The exhibition establishes Bunny’s significance as a master colourist and skillful decorative artist. His palette develops from soft and milky to verging on iridescent, and the viewer is keenly aware of an academic painter trying to engage with the artistic currents around him. His preoccupation with mythology is evident from his delicately coloured sea idylls of the late 1880s to his late mythological paintings inspired by the Ballets Russes.
To coincide with the Rupert Bunny exhibition, there is an extensive program of events at AGNSW that shall run over the summer. Tours, films, celebrity talks and music celebrate all things Bunny and the belle époque.
Tonight we were entertained by Sydney Gypsy band, Monsieur Camembert, followed by a screening of Max Ophuls’s film The Earrings of Madame de… An adaptation of Louise de Vilmorin’s fin de siècle novella, it is a cinematographically adventurous tale of tragic romance starring the extraordinary Danielle Darrieux. “I don’t love you, I don’t love you”.