“Russell, of course is doing something totally different..”
What absolutely bowled Matisse over was the luminosity of his paintings, the amount of light that Russell was able to convey
Hilary Spurling, Matisse biographer

Australia's Lost Impressionist - John Russell

Australia's Lost Impressionist- John Russell is the story of the only Australian artist at the centre of the French Impressionist movement. The film tracks his famous artistic friendships that forever changed the way the world sees colour.

John Russell (1858-1930) painted in France alongside Claude Monet, he mentored Henri Matisse and became a closes friend of Vincent Van Gogh. Russell's 1886 portrait of Vincent, now hanging in the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, is well documented as being Van Gogh's favoutite portrait.

Despite Russell's personal artistic accomplishments and his pivotal role in the development of modern art, his artistic legacy is largely unrecognised outside fine art circles. With the benefit of the 2018 retropective at the Art Gallery of New South wales, Sydney, the most comprehensive in 40 years, the film sheds new light on Russell's life and his experimentation with pur colour.

The film features Hugo Weaving as the voice of John Russell. His story is brought to light through his vivid works and prolific correspondence to fellow artists Vincent Van Gogh, Auguste Rodin and Tom Roberts.

Producer-Director / Catherine Hunter
Cinematographer and Editor / Bruce Inglis
Producers / Catherine Hunter and Erica Drew
Script Editor / John Muldrew
Additional Belle-Ile Footage / Stephane Mauger
Composers / David Bridie

Duration / 60 minutes
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John Russell, In the Afternoon, 1891
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
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