St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1864 – 1947
[The distant song I] c.1908 oil on canvas oil on canvas
220.8 h x 180.5 w cm
Accession No: NGA 76.90.1
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.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra