Collection: Sydney Long

B. 1871 – 1955.

Sydney Long is a seminal figure in Australian art. His Art Nouveau visions of the landscape represented a shift in Australian art. Inviting emotion, mythology and sensation into the land, his work was praised for bringing “a relief to the realism… which had almost wholly characterised Australian art”.  

In 1937, Long was finalist in the Wynne Prize before going on to win it in 1938 and 1940. He was a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 1933 to 1949. Harmonising the decorative with flashes of philosophy, the metaphysical and human yearning, a major exhibition of his works was held at the National Gallery of Australia in 2012.

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