An image of Tritons

Rupert Bunny

(Australia, France 29 Sep 1864 – 25 May 1947)

Tritons

Location
19th c Australian art
Further information

Exhibited in Paris at the Old Salon in 1890, 'Tritons' was the first painting by an Australian to receive an honourable mention. The work depicts a group of tritons – legendary creatures who lived both on land and at sea – enjoying an idle moment in their tranquil surroundings, and introduces some of the features which would come to characterise the artist’s work: a fascination for mythological subjects and the portrayal of the exotic within an intimate setting. Rupert Bunny has skilfully created a twilight ambience through delicate colour schemes, where the pale blue, silvery ocean and pink-toned sky are quietly reflected in the flesh tones of the figures.

Place of origin
Paris, France
Year
(circa 1890)
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
80.3 x 150.5 cm stretcher; 109.3 x 179.1 x 5.5 cm frame; 78.5 x 148.0 cm sight edge
Signature & date
Signed l.r., black oil "Rupert C.W. Bunny.". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1969
Accession number
OA27.1969