Saturday 24 March to Sunday 27 May 2018 – Art Gallery of Ballarat

A remarkable exhibition telling the story of the art and travels of Eugene von Guérard, the preeminent landscape painter of colonial Australia, opens in Ballarat in late March. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s life of travel and adventure, as revealed by his sketchbooks, which offer a glimpse into the heart and mind of one of our greatest and most enduringly relevant artists.

Von Guérard travelled extensively throughout south-eastern Australia, methodically recording the landscape, trekking into some of “the wildest and least-known portions of Australian territory” with his pencil and pocket- sized sketchbooks always on hand. He then transformed his sketches into meticulously executed paintings, remarkable for their detail. The stories told through his sketchbooks provide the theme of the exhibition.

According to Gordon Morrison, Director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat: “Eugene von Guérard was Australia’s most important colonial landscape painter. This exhibition offers the visitor the rare opportunity to trace the evolution of a work from the sketchbook to the final studio painting”. Mr Morrison added, “Von Guerard’s use of light and meticulous detail have stood the test of time making him a true giant of Australian art.”

The exhibition of Eugene von Guérard – Artist Traveller will run from Saturday 24th March to Sunday 27th May. For more details visit