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Elioth Gruner: The Texture of Light

written by Deborah Clark

Canberra Museum + Gallery | ISBN 9780987545503

Paperback – 104 pages


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Exhibition book to accompany the exhibition of the same name by the Canberra Museum and Gallery and Newcastle Art Gallery, held Sat 8 March – Sun 22 June 2014


Elioth Gruner (1882-1939) is an artist whose work is long overdue for reassessment. He was an outstanding painter of the Australian landscape, celebrated in his lifetime, and was awarded the Wynne Prize for landscape painting seven times.

The exhibition includes seventy paintings, from the artist’s impressionist beachscapes and farmland views of the 1910s to the subtle and distinctive modernist landscapes of his maturity from the 1920s and 1930s, with a particular focus on Gruner’s remarkable visual explorations of the Canberra region: the Southern Highlands, the South Coast, Yass and the Murrumbidgee River valley, and the Cooma-Monaro plateau. Few artists have represented this corner of south-eastern Australia with such extraordinary clarity as Gruner, who captured the quality of light, the rolling hills and the quiet austere beauty of our region.

Artist: Elioth Gruner


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