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“Purrumbete from across the Lake” by Eugene von Guerard

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“Purrumbete from across the Lake” by Eugene von Guerard was one of his earliest homestead paintings. This painting depicts a sheep and cattle station on Lake Purrumbete, in the western part of the state of Victoria.

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:


Essential Facts:

  • Title:               Purrumbete from across the Lake
  • Artist:             Eugene von Guerard
  • Year:               1858
  • Medium:         Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:   H: 510 mm (20.08 in); W: 855 mm (33.66 in).
  • Museum:        National Gallery of Australia


Essential Facts about the Artist:

  • Artist:           Eugene von Guerard
  • Born:            1811 – Vienna, Austria
  • Died:            1901 (aged 89) – Chelsea, London, England
  • Major Paintings:
    • Govett’s Leap and Grose River Valley, Blue Mountains, 1873
    • View of Geelong, 1856
    • Bushfire between Mount Elephant and Timboon, 1857
    • North-east View from the Northern Top of Mount Kosciusko, 1863


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Photo Credits: 1) By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons