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Rupert Bunny

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


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Not on display
Further information

Rupert Bunny was born in Melbourne and studied at the National Gallery School under Oswald Campbell and George Folingsby 1881-83. He travelled to Germany and England with his father in 1884 and studied at St Johns Wood Art School under Phillip Calderon, and in Paris under Jean Paul Laurens, Leon Glaize and Benjamin Constant. One of the most important of Australian expatriates, Bunny remained in Paris, taking part in its artistic and musical life; he did not return permanently to Australia until the death of his French wife in 1932.

An early exponent of the colour monotype, Bunny first exhibited them in London in 1898. He continued to produce monotypes at various times in his life. The technique was popular with many artists in Paris in the 1890s, Edgar Degas in particular. In 1920 Bunny produced over one hundred for Galerie Georges Petit in Paris who exhibited them in 1921 and 1924; when he returned to Australia he brought all those remaining with him and exhibited them in Melbourne and Sydney in 1941 and 1943.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, AGNSW, 1998

Place of origin
Paris, France
(circa 1898)
colour monotype, printed on thick white wove paper
34.6 x 24.9 cm platemark; 49.9 x 32.6 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed in plate with monogram to print u.r., "RCWB". Not dated.

Purchased 1969
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