Renowned Australian artists featuring at UQ Art Museum

ARTWORKS by prominent Australian Federation-era painters are being shown at UQ Art Museum from July 25.

The exhibition, from the National Gallery of Australia, includes artwork by George W. Lambert, E. Phillips Fox and Rupert Bunny.

Capital and country: the Federation Years 1900-1914 tells the parallel stories of landscape painting in Australia and the art produced by Australians who lived in Europe in the formative years of the 20th Century.

National Gallery of Australia director Gerard Vaughan said the exhibition shared the richness and diversity of Australian painting during the Federation period.

"From sunlit images that convey a patriotic embrace of landscape, to portraiture and figure paintings by expatriate Australians living in Europe, the exhibition highlights an enthusiastic exploration of national identity," he said.

UQ Art Museum director Dr Campbell Gray said the exhibition would take viewers on a journey through the Federation era and around the world.

The 46 paintings by 25 Australian artists include Australian pastoral and bush landscapes, and art produced by Australians who lived in Europe, taking in Edwardian England and the last years of the Belle Époque in France before the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.

Alongside well-known paintings by Rupert Bunny, E. Phillips Fox, Hans Heysen, George W. Lambert and Frederick McCubbin are lesser-known works by Richard Hayley-Lever and by a leading figure in Brisbane's then- fledgling art community, R. Godfrey Rivers.

Women artists, little recognised in their own time, are represented in paintings by Ethel Carrick, Florence Fuller, Hilda Rix Nicholas, Clara Southern and Violet Teague.

Artworks from other national collections include Tom Roberts's sketch of the Opening of Federal Parliament of 1901, from the National Library of Australia; and paintings from Parliament House in Canberra, by W. Lister Lister and Penleigh Boyd, depicting the pastoral plains proposed as the site of the nation's capital.

Capital and country: the Federation years 1900-1914 opens July 25 and continues until November 1.

The Art Museum is on the University of Queensland's St Lucia campus.

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