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
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The Edwardians: Secrets and Desires showcases the broad range of art created by artists working and exhibiting in London during the years 1900 to 1914. The exhibition reflects a time of great social change — from a period of established order to the beginnings of a more modern world — and reveals the variety of possibilities that became available during this time.

Many Australian artists went to Europe at the turn of the 20th century to live and study. Likewise, artists from Ireland and America sought to establish themselves in the artistic centres of London and Paris. The Edwardians: Secrets and Desires places the work of these expatriate artists within the context of British art of the time. Artists moved regularly between London and Paris, and were keen to have their works included in exhibitions in both centres. Parisians such as Auguste Rodin and Jacques-Emile Blanche regularly exhibited their work in London, and Rodin became President of the London-based International Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers.

The exhibition catalogue, fully illustrated in colour, contains comprehensive essays and information on all of works in the exhibition and is available from

9 July – 12 September 2004

Admission details
Adult $12
Concession $10
Member $8
Child under 16 FREE
Students 16> $8

Information about public programs, etc

Symposium — Friday 24 September 2004
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art London UK
in conjunction with
Menzies Centre for Australian Studies London UK

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