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Rupert BUNNY

St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1864 – 1947

  • Movements: England and France 1884-1933

[The distant song I] c.1908 Paris, Île-de-France, Ville de Paris department, France
paintings, oil on canvas
Technique: oil on canvas
Primary Insc: signed in oil 'Rupert C W Bunny' lower left. not dated
220.8 h x 180.5 w cm
framed (overall) 243.7 h x 203.7 w x 10.0 d cm
Cat Raisonné: Eagle(1991),12
Purchased 1976
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 2010