An image of Bacchus Marsh, Werribee Creek

Louis Buvelot

(Australia, Switzerland, Brazil 03 Mar 1814 – 30 May 1888)

Bacchus Marsh, Werribee Creek

Location
Not on display
Further information

In spite of its humble focus on foreground and scrubby trees, 'Bacchus March, Werribee Creek' is a drawing of understated grandeur. A relatively large drawing for Buvelot, it was doubtless intended for exhibition as a finished work. The intensity of Buvelot's involvement in his subject is obvious - it is a drawing of a scene most would overlook. The drawing has a quiet mystery; the experience it gives of a curving dirt path underfoot, a mound of earth with scrub directly ahead and distant hills and grey, atmospheric sky is both absorbing and satisfying. It represents a solitary moment of reflection when seemingly unspectacular everyday experience becomes poetic and memorable.

Place of origin
Victoria, Australia
Year
1876
Media
Drawing
Medium
pencil, grey wash
Dimensions
37.1 x 55.6 cm sight; 63.5 x 79.3 x 3.9 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, pencil "LB .6/ 1876/ ...".

Credit
Edward Stinson Bequest Fund 1997
Accession number
280.1997