Rupert BUNNY, The apple of discord Enlarge 1 /1

Rupert BUNNY

St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1864 – 1947

  • England and France 1884-1933

The apple of discord [Atlanta and the golden apples Atalanta] c.1913 or c.1916 Place made: Paris, Île-de-France, Ville de Paris department, France
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Primary Insc: inscribed l.r., blue oil with monogram. not dated
Dimensions: 120.5 h x 120.5 w cm overall 136.8 h x 137.2 w x 5.5 d cm
Cat Raisonné: Eagle(1991),31
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1959
Accession No: NGA 59.87

In The apple of discord Bunny’s interest for rhythmic compositions is clear. Bunny was interested in the idea that painting could express the abstract qualities of music, dance and a subliminal poetic narrative in a purely formal way, through colour and design. As a result, his style was largely ‘decorative’, meaning, in contemporary terms, flat, muralist and orientated to the expression of ideas.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra