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Tom Roberts, other Australian art at Christie’s London sale

Tom Roberts, other Australian art at Christie’s London sale
A stormy John Peter Russell coastal oil painting on the catalogue cover is listed with expectations of more than $750,000 and Tom Roberts’s A Norfolk Barn has been owned by the same ­family for more than a century.
A major painting due to be at the centre of that show is Roberts’s epic commission depicting the opening of Australia’s first federal parliament in 1901, which took three years to complete.
Christie’s head of department Nick Lambourn said the much smaller Roberts in Christie’s catalogue was pivotal to the artist emerging from the depression that engulfed him after he finished the federal parliament painting.
A Norfolk Barn was seen as his breakthrough painting from that period. It is expected to sell for about $150,000. More has been paid for pictures with Australian subjects.
Christie’s catalogue of 76 artworks with a combined value of $2.84 million to $3.93m represents a third of the value of the 2013 catalogue.
The market for Australian art tends to be limited to Australians living in Australia and elsewhere.

source: theaustralian
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