John Peter Russell

John Peter Russell

John Peter Russell

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John Peter Russell (16 June 185822 April 1930) was an Australian impressionist painter.

Life and work

John Peter Russell was born at the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst, the eldest of four children of John Russell, a Scottish engineer, his wife Charlotte Elizabeth, née Nicholl, from London.Galbally, Ann E.: , Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 11, MUP, 1988, pp 483-484. Retrieved 25 November 2009 J. P. Russell was a nephew of Sir Peter Nicol Russell. After his father's death J. P. Russell enrolled at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London, on 5 January 1881 and studied under Alphonse Legros for three years. Russell then went to Paris to study painting under Fernand Cormon. (His fellow students there included Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Émile Bernard.) Russell was a man of means and having married a beautiful Italian, Mariana Antoinetta Matiocco, he settled at Belle Île off the coast of Brittany, where he established an artists' colony. He would have 11 children with Matiocco, of whom six survived.Russell had met Vincent van Gogh in Paris and formed a friendship with him.Ronald Pickvance, Van Gogh In Saint-Remy and Auvers, pp. 62-63 , Exhibition catalog, Published: Metropolitan Museum of Art 1986, ISBN 0-87099-477-8 Van Gogh spoke highly of Russell's work, and after his first summer in Arles in 1888 he sent twelve drawings of his paintings to Russell, to inform him...
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