I arrived after a hectic day at work, with little idea of what to expect.
The evening started with a warm welcome from the Art Gallery of NSW Society volunteer guides, a glass of champagne and a brief overview of the evening ahead: we were to be split into two small groups, and would have the chance to view some of the storage facilities and works in store.
I started to get excited about the possibility of seeing some of the Arthur Streeton Venice works in store and kicking myself that I hadn't thought to look up their accession numbers in advance.
We were looking through the shelves of paintings, when one of the other tour members pulled out a shelf of paintings...and lo and behold, there was an Arthur Streeton painting of Venice:
It's titled Fishing Boats, Venice and was painted in 1908 during Streeton's honeymoon visit to Venice.
|Arthur Streeton, Fishing Boats, Venice, oil on canvas, 1908, collection of the Art Gallery of NSW|
The collection includes two other oil paintings by Streeton of Venice, Moonlight, Venice (1908) and Grand Canal, Venice (1927) and two lithographs, Palazzo Labia (also with a view of fishing boats) (circa 1913) and Canal Scene (circa 1913.
View my previous post about the Australian artist Arthur Streeton in Venice.
A few minutes later, we also found a small watercolour by Australian artist, Lionel Lindsay of Titian's Palace (circa 1933).
|Lionel Lindsay, Titian's Palace, watercolour, circa 1933, collection Art Gallery of NSW|
What a wonderful tour, and what a wonderful way to find a bit of Venice in Sydney.