Menagerie

WAG Permanent Collection
Date: 
Saturday, 17 February 2018 to Monday, 16 April 2018
Curator/s: 
Murray Bowes

Majestic, unusual, exotic, marvellous beasts have been depicted through art for centuries. Often combining realism with illusionism and abstraction, exotic and beautiful fauna depicted in naturalists painting reflect the values, concerns and ambitions of the age in which they were created as well as their attitudes and understandings of the natural world.

'Menagerie’ brings together diverse 2D works from the WAG Permanent collection, as well as a special loan from the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Thomas Flintoff’s 1887 oil painting of Henry F Stone and his Durham OxThomas Flintoff (below), depicting fauna in order to examine both depictions of the natural world and the way that artists relate to it.

+ Free entry

+ Audio loop available and wheelchair accessible

+ Suitable for all ages

Image: Thomas Flintoff, Henry F Stone and his Durham ox, 1887, oil on canvas, 82.5 x 122.9cm. Art Gallery of Ballarat Collection.