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Victorian Artists Society on painting en plein air

The National Gallery of Victoria interviews VAS President Eileen Mackley AM and members of the VAS Paintout Group on plein air painting and the legacy of impressionism in Australia.

The NGV collection holds many works by formers members of the Victorian Artists Society, including Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton, artists of huge importance to the history of art in Australia.

See the NGV exhibition, She-Oak and Sunlight: Australian Impressionism, at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square.

Continuing the Impressionists' Legacy

Discover the thriving creative community of the Victorian Artists Society, where the Australian Impressionist painters including Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton formally gathered during the late 1800s. 

This episode will feature today’s members of the Society who continue the en plein air legacy by gathering monthly to paint outdoors at locations across Victoria such as Mentone Beach, Merri Creek and further afield in regional areas of the state. The video will also highlight the contemporary practices of Society members today and the diversity of programming including annual exhibitions and oil, still life, portraiture, and life group painting classes. 

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