Past Post: No 10 July 2018

Two Impressionists - One Australian, One American - One Hundred & Twenty Years Apart (1) & (2)

Most of us love The Impressionists and find their paintings so relaxing and uplifting where the colours come out to greet you and take you back deep into the images that some of the world's most famous and well known painters have created.

If there was An Impressionists Dinner, sitting around the table would be artists such as: Monet, Renoir, Manet, Degas, Cezanne, Caillebotte, Berthe Morisot, Julie Manet, Mary Cassatt, Marie Bracquemond. And with them the contemporaries such as English artist Sherree Valentine Daines and American Erin Hanson. Wouldn't you just love to be at that table with them or even serving the food and drink and being able to eavesdrop?

Our first Past Post today is an Australian painter who was not only an exceptional painter in the Impressionistic style but taught the likes of Henri Matisse how to understand and use colour.

His name is John Russell and thanks to Jane who discovered him two years ago we can bring you a little of his story.

John Russell: Australia’s French Impressionist
John Peter Russell left Sydney for London to pursue a new career. 1881 he enrolled at the Slade School of Art. Russell later furthered his studies at Cormon’s atelier in Paris training alongside Emile Bernard, Toulouse Lautrec, and Vincent van Gogh. Credit:

Fast forward to contemporary times and I will share with you my discovery of a Modern Impressionist American artist Erin Hanson who is credited with inventing Open Impressionism.

You will find the Past Posts today a blaze of colour - just like being in a lolly shop.

Erin Hanson: Modern Impressionist
Erin Hanson’s artistic style has been inspired by painters such as van Gogh, the Group of Seven, the early California Impressionists and Japanese Art. She is the creator of the modern style “Open Impressionism”. Image: Enchanted Forest - (