She-Oak and Sunlight: women of Australian Impressionism emerge from the shadows

She-Oak and Sunlight: women of Australian Impressionism emerge from the shadows

The Guardian

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By drawing out lesser-known works by women who painted alongside now-famous men, NGV’s new exhibition tells a fuller story

About one third of the way into She-Oak and Sunlight, there is a room off to one side filled with images so vibrant, so unexpected, it throws me completely.

All of the pictures in it are small – they’re referred to as the 9 by 5s due to the size, in inches, of the panels they’re painted on – many of them on the lids of cigar boxes. This is as close as any of us will ever come to attending the original 9 by 5 Impression Exhibition in 1889, with over 50 of those 182 works brought back together by NGV Australia and displayed almost as they were when they first were shown to the public.

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