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Collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), located in The Domain in SydneyNew South WalesAustralia, is the most important public gallery in Sydney and one of the largest in Australia. The Gallery's first public exhibition opened in 1874. Admission is free to the general exhibition space, which displays Australian art (from settlement to contemporary), European and Asian art.

In 1871 the collection started with the acquisition by The Art Society of some large works from Europe such as Ford Madox Brown's Chaucer at the Court of Edward III. Later they bought work from Australian artists such as Streeton's 1891 Fire's On, Roberts' 1894 The Golden Fleece and McCubbin's 1896 On the Wallaby Track.

In 2014 the collection is categorized into:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art

The collection represents Indigenous artists from communities across Australia. The earliest work in the collection, by Tommy McRae, dates from the late 19th century. Included in the collection are desert paintings created by small family groups living on remote Western Desert outstation, bark paintings of the saltwater people of coastal communities and the new media expressions of "blak city culture" by contemporary artists.

Asian art

The first works to enter the collection in 1879 were a large group of ceramics and bronzes – a gift from the Government of Japan following the Sydney International Exhibition that year. The Asian collections after grown from that beginning to be wide-ranging, embracing the countries and cultures of South, Southeast and East Asia.

Australian art

The collection dates from the early 1800s. 19th-century Australian artists represented include: John Glover, Arthur Streeton, Eugene von Guerard, John Russell, Tom Roberts, David Davies, Charles Conder, William Piguenit, E. Phillips Fox (including Nasturtiums), Frederick McCubbin, Sydney Long and George W. Lambert.

20th-century Australian artists represented include: Arthur Boyd, Rupert Bunny, Grace Cossington Smith, H. H. Calvert, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, James Gleeson, Sidney Nolan, John Olsen, Margaret Preston, Hugh Ramsay, Lloyd Rees, Imants Tillers, J. W. Tristram, Roland Wakelin, Brett Whiteley, Fred Williams and Blamire Young.

Forty four works held at the gallery were included in the 1973 edition of 100 Masterpieces of Australian Painting.

For more information about the museum, we encourage you to visit their website at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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Diogenes by John William Waterhouse Artblock
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The Icknield Way by Spencer Gore
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Wedded by Lord Frederic Leighton
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Holiday sketch at Coogee by Tom Roberts
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Flower market, Nice by Ethel Carrick
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The Golden Fleece by Tom Roberts
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Waratah by Lucien Henry
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La marée haute a Saint-Malô (High tide at St Malô) by Ethel Carrick
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