St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1864 – 1947
[The distant song I] c.1908
Paris, Île-de-France, Ville de Paris department, France
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas
Primary Insc: signed in oil 'Rupert C W Bunny' lower left. not dated
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