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.

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