Louis Buvelot

Louis Buvelot was a Swiss-born landscape painter who emigrated to Australia in 1865 and influenced the Heidelberg School of painters.

Louis Buvelot

About Louis Buvelot

Louis Buvelot (3 March 1814 – 30 May 1888), born Abram-Louis Buvelot, was a Swiss-born landscape painter who emigrated to Australia in 1865 and influenced the Heidelberg School of painters.

Although often referred to as ‘the father of Australian landscape painting’, Abram Louis Buvelot was actually born in Switzerland, studied art in Lausanne and Paris and spent 18 years in Brazil.

When, for health reasons, he migrated to Australia, aged 51, he spoke no English.

In 1879 his next-door neighbour was none other than the young artist Julian Ashton and because Ashton could speak French, he and Buvelot became close associates.

Buvelot was an Australian pioneer of ‘plein air’ tonal impressionism, as exemplified in France by the Barbizon School painter Corot.

His truthful representation of the Australian bush had a profound influence on the artists of the Heidelberg School such as Roberts, Streeton and McCubbin.

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Kevin Best

Kevin John Best, OAM (27 January 1932 – 31 July 2012) was an Australian self-taught artist who spent time as a boy sketching warships and airplanes.

Kevin Best

About Kevin Best

As a child Kevin Best loved to draw. After leaving school he worked on the stock exchange for 25 years. In 1972 he began to paint, and at the age of 45 and with encouragement from his wife and six children he turned professional. With no outside training Best’s natural talent has taken the form of ‘feeling’ on canvas.

The atmosphere created by mist, rays of light, reflections and drifts of dust has made Best one of the most popular artists of the Australian landscape.

Although he admires artists such as Hans Heysen, Elioth Gruner and greats of the Heidelberg School, Kevin’s inspiration has come from the landscape itself.

Best held his first solo exhibition of 50 paintings in 1974.

He has held over 30 exhibitions, and is represented in private and corporate collections in UK, USA, Japan, France, Italy, New Zealand, Canada and Australia.

Kevin Best died on 31 July 2012.

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