Joy of Museums

Museums, Art Galleries & Historical Sites

“La Fontaine” by Rupert Bunny

Queensland Art Gallery - Joy of Museums - "La Fontaine" by Rupert Bunny

“La Fontaine” by Rupert Bunny

“La Fontaine” was painted by Rupert Bunny who was a magnificent colourist and erudite painter of classic themes.  This painting is representative of his ambitious Salon paintings. Bunny travelled back and forth between Australia and France on many occasions until 1933, when he returned permanently to Australia and settled in South Yarra, Victoria.

Rupert Bunny (1864 – 1947) was an Australian painter, who achieved success and critical acclaim as an expatriate in fin-de-siècle Paris. He gained an honourable mention at the Paris Salon of 1890 and a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900. The French state acquired 13 of his works for the Musée du Luxembourg and regional collections.

Among the many masterpieces and historical objects in the Queensland Art Gallery, the following are some highlights:

La Fontaine

  • Title:               La Fontaine
  • Artist:             Rupert Charles Wulsten Bunny
  • Dates:             1929-30
  • Materials:      Oil on Canvas
  • Museum:       Queensland Art Gallery

Rupert Bunny

  • Name:                       Rupert Charles Wulsten Bunny
  • Born:                        1864 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Died:                         25 May 1947 (aged 82) – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Major Paintings:


    “Art is an illusion of spontaneity.”
    – Japanese Proverb


    Photo Credit: By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons 2)