DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
 
Rupert BUNNY | Nocturne
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BUNNY, Rupert
Australia 1864 – Australia 1947
England and France 1884-1933, with visits to Australia, Australia from 1933
Nocturne
[The distant song I]
c.1908
Painting
oil on canvas
Eagle(1991),12
220.8 (h) x 180.5 (w) cm
signed l.l., oil "Rupert C W Bunny". not dated
Purchased 1976
NGA 1976.90.1
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In this dreamy scene three elaborately gowned women with accessories of roses and richly coloured shawls and fans, pose together on a balcony. Nocturne is one of a series of night balcony scenes that Bunny painted which evoke a mood of intimacy and luxurious leisure, of perfume, poetry and distant music. Though ostensibly intimate, the scenario is theatrical.

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