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Julian Ashton was a painter, teacher and writer whose influence on Australian
art and artists was both strong and far reaching. Having Studied in London and Paris
before arriving in Australia to work as an illustrator, Ashton was familiar with French Realism and the Barbizon,
the springboard for Impressionism.
In 1896 he founded the famous Academie Julien, later the Sydney Art School,
which attracted artists such as George Lambert, Sydney Long and Elioth Gruner. As a
teacher, Ashton always stressed the importance of a solid grounding in drawing, although in his own landscape
paintings precise draughtsmanship often subdued by soft, atmospheric effects. (He was also a strong advocate of
'plein air' painting). Working in both oils and watercolours, Ashton's subjects extended
from landscape to portraiture to figure composition.
Apart from his painting and reaching, his influence was felt through various
offices which he held, including trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales whose collection of Australian
Artworks Ashton was instrumental in establishing.
Waterhole On The Hawkesbury 1885
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