The National Gallery of Australia today opened Sydney Long The Spirit of the Land, the first major gallery retrospective of this important Australian artist. Sydney Long is Australia’s foremost Art Nouveau artist and created a highly distinctive style which often depicted the Australian landscape as haunting and mysterious, and sometimes populated with mythical nature sprites. The exhibition is on display in Canberra only.
Sydney Long worked in the imaginatively stimulating atmosphere in Sydney in the 1890s and 1900s when he was a central figure in the Symbolist movement. He later became a leading painter-etcher of the 1920s and 1930s. This exhibition displays over 115 paintings, watercolours and prints from collections around the country as well as from the National Gallery of Australia’s own collection. Many of the works in the exhibition have not been displayed publicly before.