Past Exhibitions

Exhibition 2

French Inspiration | 2012

2501Opened in October 2012, this exhibition concentrated on items with a French connection. A striking portrait by Jean Baptiste Santerre ( 1651-1717) of the Duc D’ OrLèans and his mistress Madame De Parabère as Adam and Eve greeted you as you entered the door of the gallery. Just one of the many fine paintings that were displayed.

The display cabinets offered an array of beautiful porcelain such as an exquisite teapot and cover with a turquoise ground, painted with classical scenes by Dodin for the Sèvres factory in 1793. Other items will delight such as candelabra by the ciseleur Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843), a mantel clock by Joseph Coteau (1740-1812), and a variety of furniture pieces. Every piece displayed is supported by a detailed entry in our illustrated exhibition catalogue, available for purchase at the gallery.

Image: The Duke of Wellington commode, pollard ash, ormolu and marble. France, circa 1820.

Past Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

Flowers: Passion. Pain. Nation.

The symbolic role of flowers in Western art from the late Renaissance through to contemporary Australian art is both significant and diverse. The Dutch still-life tradition is perhaps best-known, with its association between flowers and the transience of life, but there is much more to discover. Flowers: Passion. Pain. Nation. draws together the big narratives of life – religion, marriage and death, as well as love and eroticism. Flowers are also part of Australia’s national narrative in art and a crucial source for Australian modernist women.

For David Roche, flowers were a source of endless joy in his garden and home. He collected porcelain, furniture and textiles adorned with flowers and many still-life paintings over his lifetime. David’s purchase of Theude Grönland’s Still life with flowers, 1846, was amongst his very last. These are now complimented by major paintings from public and private collections and illustrate the universal appeal of flowers across the centuries in Western art.  Artists represented in Flowers: Passion. Pain. Nation. include Henri Fantin-Latour, Bartolomeo Passerotti, Tom Roberts, Hans Heysen, Margaret Preston, Adrian Feint, Arthur Boyd, Max Dupain, Anna Platten and Michael Zavros.

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