Mt Abrupt, The Grampians

c.1864


Artist
Nicholas Chevalier  (b.1828, arr. Australia 1854, d.1902)
Nationality
Swiss; Australian
Medium
oil on canvas
Accession Number
2004.058
Credit line
Purchased by Hamilton Art Gallery Trust Fund - M.L Foster Endowment with assistance from the Friends of Hamilton Art Gallery
Collection Area
Australian Paintings
Gallery location
Not on display

The fact that there are three versions of this work is consistent with artistic practice of the time. What we now call plein air painting - painting straight from nature - commenced in the 1880s in Australia and until that time the artist did a drawing or watercolour in the field which was then converted into a finished painting in their studio. Consequently the production of the painting was done from this field drawn original and if the demand was sufficient a number of versions could be created. There are not only the three known versions of Chevalier's Mt Abrupt but there are also three versions of his Mt Arapiles as well and, unlike the Mt Abrupt versions, they vary significantly in size.

Support

Southern Grampians Shire Council

State Government of Victoria