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“Govett’s Leap” by Eugene von Guerard

National Gallery of Australia - Joy of Museums - "Govett's Leap" by Eugene von Guerard

“Govett’s Leap and Grose River Valley, Blue Mountains” by Eugene von Guerard depicts the a sanctuary of bushlands, breathtaking scenery and natural wildlife. The Blue Mountains quickly became a tourist destination as word of its natural beauty spread with the help of paintings such as this one.

Eugene von Guerard painted this painting nearly fourteen years after he visited this scene. He developed this composition using sketches, drawings and possibly photographs as visual aids & reminders.

Johann Joseph Eugene von Guérard was an Austrian-born artist, actively painting in Australia from 1852 until 1882. Von Guérard was known for his mastery of landscapes and his attention to detail, in the tradition of the Düsseldorf school of painting. He art can be found in  many of Australia’s major galleries. Eugene von Guerard was attracted to Australia by the discovery of gold and was was the leading painter of early European settlement in Australia.

Among the many masterpieces in the National Gallery of Australia the following are highlights:

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Essential Facts:

  • Title:               Govett’s Leap and Grose River Valley, Blue Mountains
  • Artist:             Eugene von Guerard
  • Year:               1873
  • Medium:         Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:   68.5 (h) x 106.4 (w) cm
  • Museum:        National Gallery of Australia

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Essential Facts about the Artist:

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” Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.” Australian Proverb

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Photo Credits: 1) By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons