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 | An idyll

BUNNY, Rupert
Australia 1864 – Australia 1947
England and France 1884-1933, with visits to Australia, Australia from 1933
An idyll 1901
oil on canvas
62.7 (h) x 131.3 (w) cm
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Throughout the 19th century and in the beginning of the 20th, artists used mythological and allegorical themes as well as classical forms to elevate their subjects.

In An idyll Bunny conveyed the universal and ageless theme of love with two lovers asleep, watched over by Cupid. First exhibited as L’Age d’Or, the image conveys a dream of a golden time, of Olympian gods and goddesses, of Adam and Eve before the Fall and of eternal man and woman.

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