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Australian Oil Painting: Merri Creek 1900: J.R.Ashton
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This original oil painting measures 16 by 24 inches (painting only) and 18 1/2 by 26 1/2 inches including the carved and gilded frame that it sits in.

It is signed J.R. Ashton in the lower left corner (see closeup photo). It is also signed, dated and titled: Woodland, Merri Creek, J.R. Ashton 1900 on a paper label on the reverse of the frame (see closeup photo).

It is in outstanding condition, period.

This is a museum quality, plein air painting in an impressionist style by one of the most renown Australian artists of the 19th-20th centuries.

Julian Rossi Ashton is listed in many published artists biographical references. His works are held by many national museums throughout the world. One museum in Australia (The AG in New South Wales ) has 17 of his paintings in their permanent collection. Many of his accomplishments are listed in the artist biography below. He also has auction estimates and records for his truly exceptional works that range up into six figures.

Earlier this year(2010), an Australian auction house sold a tiny(6 x 9 inches) and somewhat similar oil painting for $18,000.00 including added costs. this works out to about $275.00 per square inch. If we used a similar or comparable measure for evaluating our early, signed and titled work, we would have to ask over $100,000.00 for it. Every painting is a one of a kind entity and although we believe that our painting is actually better, That is only one small criteria that we used to determine it's value. _____________________________________________________________________

Artist Biography : Julian Rossi Ashton was an influential portrait and landscape artist, and teacher known for his vigorous support of the Australian Impressionist Heidelberg School to which his authority has been both powerful and extensive.

Ashton attended the West London School of Art and the Academie Julian in Paris. He arrived in Australia in 1878 when he was invited to Melbourne by newspaper owner David Syme to work as an illustrator for the Illustrated Australian News. Due to creative differences with the editorial staff, he was forced to resign and transfer to the Australasian Sketcher. When Edmund Smith of the Howard Shipping Line offered Ashton a free trip to Sydney in 1883 he began working as an illustrator for The Picturesque Atlas of Australia, and regularly contributed to the Sydney Bulletin Magazine.

Working in both oil paint and watercolor, Ashton used landscapes, portraits and figure composition as subjects in his works which were effectively complemented by his poignant style of precise draftsmanship and delicate atmospheric effects.

His artistic skills proved to help him greatly when teaching at the Art Society of New South Wales from 1892 to 1896 when as a teacher he stressed the importance of accuracy in drawing and the plein air style.

His influence over the Australian art world attracted a wide circle of followers including Charles Conder, Alfred James Daplyn and Albert Henry Fullwood, who often accompanied him to paint in the picturesque Hawkesbury River Region in New South Wales.

Upon completion of one of his most well-known works, Evening, Merri Creek (1882; Sydney, A.G. NSW) he claimed to have accomplished the first plein air landscape in Australia. His works were outstanding examples of the desolate majesty of the Australian landscape.

In 1887 Julian Ashton became President of the Art Society of New South Wales. He used his position to vigorously campaign for the cause of Australian art. Later, as a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales he helped emerging Australian artists of the Impressionist or Heidelberg School. The decision to keep a permanent collection of these works owes much to Ashton’s influence. As a trustee he declared that not less than 500 pounds be spent annually on the purchase of Australian Art. He also encouraged Government purchases which made possible the NSW Society of Artists’ Traveling Scholarship and the foundation of the Education Department Gallery in Sydney in 1913.

Ashton organized the first overseas exhibition of Australian art which helped the artists of the Heidelberg School to be recognized as significant contributors to the international art world.

Ashton also established the Sydney Art School in 1896, later renamed the Julian Ashton Art School. This institution, since it's inception, has been a center of activity for many aspiring young artists. With such prominent artists as William Dobell, John Passmore, John Olsen and Brett Whiteley among those who attended, the art school became famous to generations of students and continues its rich heritage in educating art students today.

A highly regarded gentleman of Australian art until his death in 1942 Ashton continued to push for the cause of Australian Art in which his influence is still strongly felt today.



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