Jane Clark—Australian Impressionism

Was McCubbin an Impressionist?

To coincide with Frederick McCubbin—Whisperings in wattle boughs, Senior Research Curator, at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Jane Clark, will present an online illustrated lecture exploring Impressionism in Australia, beginning with his establishment of an outdoor painting camp at Box Hill in 1885 with fellow artists, Tom Roberts and Louis Abrahams; investigating a mysterious French episode; and on to his turn-of-the-century work in the bush at Mount Macedon—where, he told Roberts, he found ‘life, colour, charm’ and ‘pictures everywhere’.

Jane Clark has previously held positions as Curator of Major Special Exhibitions and of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria; then Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s in Australia. Co-Curated the 1985–6 exhibition Golden Summers: Heidelberg and beyond for the National Gallery of Victoria and its national tour.

This program was supported by AWM Electrical through the National Gallery of Australia's Regional Initiatives Program.