9 by 5 Impression Exhibition

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The 9 by 5 Impression Exhibition was an art exhibition in Melbourne, Australia. The exhibition was opened on 17 August 1889 in Buxton's Rooms on Swanston Street and featured 183 works; the majority of which were painted by the Australian impressionists Tom Roberts, Charles Conder and Arthur Streeton. The exhibition was named for the dimensions of most of the paintings— 9 by 5 inches (23 cm × 13 cm), the size of a cigar box lid upon which many of the works were painted— and the Impressionist inspiration for the works.[1]

The exhibition created much lively commentary at the time and is now seen as a "celebrated event in Australian art history".[1] 9 by 5s continue to appear on the market; in 2009, Conder's Centennial Choir at Sorrento (cat. 151) sold at Sotheby's for A$492,000.[2] In 2012, to mark the 123rd anniversary of the exhibition, arts benefactor Max Carter donated four 9 by 5s (valued at over A$3,000,000) to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the largest group of 9 by 5s ever given to an Australian public institution.[3]

Gallery of 9 by 5s[edit]

Charles Conder, All on a summer's day, 1888, National Gallery of Australia 
Charles Conder, An Impressionist (Tom Roberts), 1889, Art Gallery of New South Wales 
Charles Conder, Arcadia, 1889, private collection 
Charles Conder, Centennial Choir at Sorrento, 1889, private collection 
Charles Conder, Going Home, 1889, National Gallery of Australia 
Charles Conder, Herrick's Blossoms, 1888, National Gallery of Australia 
Charles Conder, How We Lost Poor Flossie, 1889, Art Gallery of South Australia 
Charles Conder, Impressionists' camp, 1889, National Gallery of Australia 
Charles Conder, Riddell's Creek, 1889, National Gallery of Australia 
Tom Roberts, Across the Dandenongs, 1889, National Gallery of Victoria 
Tom Roberts, Andante, 1889, Art Gallery of South Australia 
Tom Roberts, By the Treasury, 1889, National Gallery of Victoria 
Tom Roberts, Evening train to Hawthorn, 1889, Art Gallery of New South Wales 
Tom Roberts, Fog, Thames Embankment, 1884, Art Gallery of New South Wales 
Tom Roberts, Going Home, 1889, National Gallery of Australia 
Tom Roberts, Harper's Weekly, 1889, National Gallery of Victoria 
Tom Roberts, Mentone, 1889, National Gallery of Victoria 
Tom Roberts, The violin lesson, 1889, National Gallery of Victoria 
Arthur Streeton, Brander's Ferry, 1889, private collection 
Arthur Streeton, Evening game, 1889, private collection 
Arthur Streeton, Hoddle Street to Junction, 1889, National Gallery of Australia 
Arthur Streeton, Impression for ′Golden Summer′, 1888, Benalla Art Gallery 
Arthur Streeton, Orange, blue and white, 1889, Art Gallery of South Australia 
Arthur Streeton, Pastoral in yellow and grey- a colour impression of Templestowe, 1889, National Gallery of Australia 
Arthur Streeton, Princess & Burke & Wills, 1889, National Gallery of Victoria 
Arthur Streeton, Residence of J. Walker, Esq., Gembrook, 1888, National Gallery of Victoria 
Arthur Streeton, Sandridge, 1888, National Gallery of Australia 
Arthur Streeton, Windy and Wet, 1889, National Gallery of Victoria 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "9 by 5 Impression Exhibition". Australian Impressionism. Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria. Archived from the original on 9 April 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Important Australian Art: Charles Conder, Centennial Choir at Sorrento, Sotheby's. Retrieved on 4 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Art Gallery of South Australia receives largest group of '9 by 5' paintings", Art Daily. Retrieved 25 October 2012.

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