The Washerwoman.

The Washerwoman.

Melbourne: circa 1875.

Oil on canvas on board, 31 x 46 cm; signed with initials LB lower left; handsomely framed.

Buvelot's tranquil study of figures in landscape

A tranquil and sunny landscape typical of the best painting of Louis Buvelot.

A tranquil and sunny landscape typical of the best painting of Louis Buvelot.
Buvelot arrived in Melbourne in 1865, where his interest in landscape inspired the next generation of Australian Heidelberg artists: Roberts, Streeton and McCubbin. 'What the work of M Corot is to France', reads the foreword to the Melbourne catalogue of the Intercolonial Exhibition of 1875, 'that M. Buvelot is to Australia…'.
A pioneer of plein air impressionism, he is known as the father of Australian landscape painting. Holding a pre-eminent place in the late colonial art of Australia, he painted the familiar, and especially the valleys and streams near his Melbourne home.
Just before his death at his Fitzroy home in 1888 the Argus newspaper noted that Buvelot 'has caused us to look upon our sylvan scenery with something like a new sense of vision'.

Provenance: Provenance: Private Sydney collection; sold Christie's Sydney October 6th. 1971, lot 235. private collection acquired more than thirty years ago from Artarmon Galleries.

Price (AUD): $21,000.00  other currencies     Ref: #3805669