(Australia, France 29 Sep 1864 – 25 May 1947)
- 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
- (circa 1890)
- oil on canvas
- 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.
- Purchased 1969
- Accession number