Clouds of purple blossoms, a quintessential image of Brisbane

Few works in our Collection have enjoyed as much popularity as R. (Richard) Godfrey Rivers’s Under the jacaranda. Painted in 1903, some twelve years after the British-born Rivers arrived in Queensland, the image depicts Rivers and his wife Selina sitting in the shade of a large jacaranda tree, at that time a landmark in Brisbane’s Botanic…

Bask in purple bloom of the jacaranda all year round

Paintings of jacarandas in bloom have become a popular and appealing subject for Brisbane artists, the most famous image of the jacaranda is R. Godfrey Rivers’s painting Under the jacaranda, which has achieved enormous popularity since it was painted and acquired by the Gallery in 1903. The image depicts Rivers and his wife Selina sitting…

Delve into the secrets of a busy corner of the Brisbane River

George Wishart worked as a professional photographer and was taught painting by Isaac Walter Jenner, Brisbane’s foremost marine painter. He mainly painted scenes of Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River. When A busy corner of the Brisbane River 1897 was first exhibited at the Queensland International Exhibition in 1897, it was highly praised as ‘decidedly one of…

Charles Blackman, Australia b.1928 / Stradbroke ferry 1952 / Enamel and tempera on heavy cardboard / Gift of Barbara Blackman, AO, through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation 2016. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © Charles Blackman 1952/ Licensed by Viscopy 2017

Stradbroke ferry, a reminder of Charles Blackman’s time in Brisbane

The Gallery holds a good selection of Charles Blackman’s work, the quality of Stradbroke ferry 1952 and its connection to the artists early formative Queensland years, and to other significant works in the Collection painted the same year make it one of Michael Hawker’s (Associate Curator, Australian Art) favourite Blackman paintings. The painting also makes a strong…

Auschar Chauncy, England/Australia b.c.1836-1877 / Portrait of Richard Edwards 1874

We all call Queensland home

By telling the story of Australian Art, we can observe the changing nature of portraiture – the shift from democratic modes such as the nineteenth-century photograph, to oil paintings produced after a number of sittings and preparatory sketches. These portraits tell stories of contact between cultures, including colonial and immigrant experiences. Many of these stories…

Under the jacaranda: Synonymous with spring in Brisbane

Jacarandas are synonymous with spring in Brisbane. As the weather warms up each October, the trees lining our streets suddenly burst with that characteristic purple – a sign of picnic days and tropical rain storms to come. Why don’t you spend a Sunday morning visiting ‘Under the jacaranda’ then catch the citycat to the Brisbane…