Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is the most important museum in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The museum, founded in 1897 is located on the site of the so-called The Domain. Admission to general exhibitions of works of Australian art (of European settlement to the present) as well as European and Asian art is free.


In the 1870s, an art academy was set up in Sydney, which was to serve the art education, education of art classes and art exhibitions. To this end, the government should provide financial resources available to issue the first works of art in Australia in a museum. The collection was housed until 1885 in different buildings. The building with neoclassical façade was built in 1896-1909 and expanded in the 1970s and 1980s.

At the building facade of the ancient cultures of the Romans, Greeks, Assyrians and Egyptians are represented symbolically. The first two images exhibitions were opened in 1897, two more followed in 1899 and an exhibition of watercolors was held in 1901. 1958 the museum regulation by Art Gallery of New South Wales Act 1958 the present name The Art Gallery of New South Wales was awarded.


The collection was established in 1871 and the Academy of Arts bought early on some great works from Europe, such as Ford Madox Brown Chaucer at the Court of Edward III. Later works by Australian artists, such as Streetons 1891 Fire 's on, Roberts bought 1894 The Golden Fleece and McCubbin 1896 On the wallaby track.

The museum holds works of many Australian artists before, including the 19th century, such as John Glover, Arthur Streeton, Eugene von Guerard, John Russell, Tom Roberts, David Davies, Charles Conder, WC Piguenit, E. Phillips Fox, Frederick McCubbin, Sydney Long and George W. Lambert.

Australian artists of the 20th century by Hugh Ramsay, Rupert Bunny, Grace Cossington Smith, Roland Wakelin, Margaret Preston, William Dobell, Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale, James Gleeson, Arthur Boyd, Lloyd Rees, John Olsen, Fred Williams, Brett Whiteley Imants Tillers and represented.

44 works that are out of the museum, which had been shown in the exhibition 100 Masterpieces of Australian painting in 1973.

The museum has an extensive collection of Victorian art by Lord Frederic Leighton and Sir Edward John Poynter, but also the Dutch, French and Italian paintings from the 16th, 17th and 18th century by Peter Paul Rubens, Canaletto, Agnolo Bronzino, Domenico Beccafumi and Niccolò dell ' Abbate and European modernism of Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Alberto Giacometti, and Giorgio Morandi as well as of modern British masters.

The Anatomy Class at the Ecole des Beaux Arts ( 1888) by François Sallé

Interior of Gallery

The Defence of Rorke 's Drift (1880 ) by Alphonse -Marie -Adolphe de Neuville

Pictures of Art Gallery of New South Wales