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Permanent Collection | Geelong Gallery

Director of Geelong Gallery, Geoffrey Edwards, discusses the Gallerys history and a selection of significant works from the permanent collection.

Established in 1896, the Geelong Gallery is one of Australias leading and oldest regional art galleries. The Gallerys significant collection of over 6,000 works includes Australian and international paintings, works on paper, sculpture and decorative arts.

The Gallery is home to a number of iconic Australian paintings including Eugène von Guerards The barter (1854), The Weatherboard Falls (1863) and View of Geelong (1856), Louis Buvelots On the Woods Point Road (1872), Frederick McCubbins A bush burial (1890) and Russell Drysdales Hill End (1948).

The greatest strengths of the Gallerys permanent collection are colonial paintings (including a splendid array of early images of Geelong and its wider region such as John Skinner Prouts lithograph Geelong (1847), and Alexander Webbs Yarra Street, Geelong (1872)); colonial metalwork (including Edward Fischers Geelong gold cup (1890)); English painted porcelain from 1750 to 1850 (Worcester, Buckingham Palace card tray (c. 1840-45)); works on paper (19th century to the present); and modern and contemporary Australian paintings, sculpture and decorative arts (including works by Fred Williams, Ann Thomson, Peter Booth, Juan Davila, Rosalie Gascoigne, Jan Senbergs and John Brack (The hunt (1988)).

The smaller but no less fine holdings of British and European paintings include The pier head (1910) by Alexander Stanhope Forbes, The Babylonian maid (1883) by Edwin Long, Reading the Bible (1840-45) by Thomas Faed, and On the Thames (1878) by Benjamin Leader.

The print collection ranges widely across British and Australian works, historical and modern, with particularly significant holdings of artists books and contemporary prints (many of which have been acquired through the Gallerys acquisitive print awards, such as John Ryrie Æsops lamp (2007)).

A group of mostly smaller-scale sculptures includes maquettes for Inge Kings Forward surge (1972-73) and Geoffrey Bartletts Messenger (1982). Other notable works are Brett Whiteleys Pelican (1983), Ron Robertson-Swanns Putting on the Ritz (1978) and a group of major bronzes from the early 1980s by Robert Klippel.

Visit the Gallery to view works from the permanent collection as well as a vibrant program of special exhibitions.

Entry to the Gallery is free.

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Permanent Collection | Geelong Gallery

 Little Malop Street  Geelong 3220
 Telephone: 61 3 5229 3645


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