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“Landscape, Antibes (The Bay of Nice)” by John Peter Russell

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“Landscape, Antibes (The Bay of Nice)” by John Peter Russell

“Landscape, Antibes (The Bay of Nice)” by John Peter Russell was painted in 1891 on the coast of France. John Peter Russell (1858 – 1930) was an Australian Impressionist painter. Born and raised in Sydney, Russell moved to Europe in his late teenage years to attend art school. Russell befriended fellow pupil Vincent Van Gogh and painted the first portrait of the future world-famous artist, now held at the Van Gogh Museum.

Vincent van Gogh - s0273V1962 - Van Gogh Museum

“Vincent van Gogh” by John Peter Russell, 1886

Van Gogh maintained correspondence with Russell throughout his life. Russell’s work was also admired by the French Impressionists, with whom he often painted.

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

Landscape, Antibes (The Bay of Nice)

  • Title:       Landscape, Antibes (The Bay of Nice)
  • Artist:     John Peter Russell
  • Year:       1891
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Period:    Impressionism, Modern art
  • Museum: National Gallery of Australia

John Peter Russell

  • Name:         John Peter Russell
  • Born:           1858 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Died:           30 April 1930 (aged 71) -Sydney
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Major Paintings:
    • Vincent van Gogh, 1886
    • Peonies and Head of a Woman, c. 1887
    • Stormy Sky and Sea, Belle Ile, off Brittany, c.1890
    • A Clearing in the Forest, 1891
    • In the Morning, Alpes Maritimes from Antibes, c. 1891


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Photo Credits: 1) GM 2) John Peter Russell [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons