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Rupert Charles Wulsten Bunny (29 September 1864 – 25 May 1947); Australian painter, born in St Kilda, Victoria. He achieved success and critical acclaim as an expatriate in fin-de-siècle Paris. He gained an honourable mention at the Paris Salon of 1890 with his painting Tritons and a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900 with his Burial of St Catherine of Alexandria. The French state acquired 13 of his works for the Musée du Luxembourg and regional collections. He was a "sumptuous colorist and splendidly erudite painter of ideal themes, and the creator of the most ambitious Salon paintings produced by an Australian."
Bunny was the third son of a Victorian County Court judge, Brice Frederick Bunny, and Marie Hedwig Dorothea Wulsten. He travelled to England in 1884 and studied at Calderon's art school in London. After 18 months he went to Paris to study at the atelier of Jean-Paul Laurens.
Between 1893 and 1907, he was a frequent visitor to the Étaples art colony and has left some memorable paintings, among them the atmospheric Light on the Canche and Rainy Weather at Étaples, now in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Both these date from 1902, the year he married Jeanne Heloise Morel, a former art student and model, who appeared frequently in his paintings....
...one of the most successful expatriate Australian artists of his generation, having spent most of his working life in France. Studied at Melbourne's National Gallery School before leaving for England in 1884 and France in 1886, where he remained, apart from short visits home before returning permanently to Melbourne in 1932.... Bunny was a fine draftsman and colorist who painted rhythmical figure compositions, favoring subjects from mythology, idyllic scenes of leisured life and landscapes of the south of France.