Shipping on the Yarra - early Morning c.1880…
Shipping on the Yarra

Melbourne: c.1880.

Watercolour on paper, 35.5 x 54 cms. mounted and framed; signed lower right.

The Yarra River in Dawn Light.

Julian Rossi Ashton (1851-1942) had exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London before emigrating to Australia in 1878. He first lived in Melbourne for five years before moving to Sydney where he dominated the Sydney's art scene for over fifty years as an artist, teacher and patron and was the founder in 1890 of the "Julian Ashton Art School."

Julian Rossi Ashton (1851-1942) had exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London before emigrating to Australia in 1878. He first lived in Melbourne for five years before moving to Sydney where he dominated the Sydney's art scene for over fifty years as an artist, teacher and patron and was the founder in 1890 of the "Julian Ashton Art School."

His early European training with the "l'Academie Julien" in Paris and at the "West London School of Art" included French realism of the Barbizon School with its emphasis on "en plein air" painting. Later, as a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Ashton became an avid promoter of Australian Impressionism.

In the magazine "Home" (March 1924) Arthur Jose named him as one of 'the seven greatest living Australians' and in 1930 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

This is a lovely example of Ashton's atmospheric water-colours illustrating his sensitive use of colour and light; the steam ships and the warehouses beyond are painted delicately at sunrise when the light is especially soft, whilst the Yarra River is bathed in a shimmering glow of subtle colour.

This work was one of six Ashton exhibited in the tenth exhibition of the "Victorian Academy of Arts" in 1880 (number 117) and they all drew high praise ""In each the artist has succeeded in exhibiting comparatively common place objects under a poetic aspect, without doing violence to nature; and in all he proves himself to have a remarkably fine eye for colour". (The Argus, Saturday April 3, 1880).

Provenance: Private collection, Melbourne

Price (AUD): $21,000.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504885

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