Capital and country: the Federation years 1900–1914
Saturday, October 26, 2013 -
Sunday, January 19, 2014,
10:00 AM -
Ian Potter Foundation Gallery
Capital and country: the Federation years 1900-1914 is
the National Gallery of Australia's first major exhibition to focus
on Australian painting from the Federation era. It considers the
parallel stories of Federation landscape painting in Australia and
the art produced by Australians who lived in Europe during this
period, which takes in Edwardian England and the last years of the
Belle Epoque in France before the outbreak of the First
World War in 1914.
The forty-six works brought together in Capital and
country reveal the richness and diversity of non-Indigenous
Australian painting during the Federation years. They range from
sunlit images that convey the nation's patriotic embrace of their
own landscape, to those that emphasise the popularity of
portraiture and figure painting in Europe.
Well-known and loved works in the national collection by
Frederick McCubbin, George W. Lambert and Hans Heysen are brought
to light in new ways alongside lesser-known images by Florence
Fuller, Godfrey Rivers and Richard Hayley-Lever that will both
surprise and delight.
Capital and country is a travelling exhibition of
paintings from the national collection, developed as the National
Gallery of Australia's gift to the nation in celebration of
Federation and the centenary of the Federal Capital in 2013.
Ballarat is the only Victorian venue for this national touring
Supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government
Program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding
assistance for the development and touring of cultural material
across Australia and the National Collecting Institutions
Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government
program aiming to improve access to the national collections
for all Australians. The exhibition is also supported by Media
Partner ABC Local Radio.
The National Gallery of Australia is an Australian Government