Exhibited in Paris at the Old Salon in 1890, 'Tritons' was the first painting by an Australian to receive an honourable mention. The work depicts a group of tritons – legendary creatures who lived both on land and at sea – enjoying an idle moment in their tranquil surroundings, and introduces some of the features which would come to characterise the artist’s work: a fascination for mythological subjects and the portrayal of the exotic within an intimate setting. Rupert Bunny has skilfully created a twilight ambience through delicate colour schemes, where the pale blue, silvery ocean and pink-toned sky are quietly reflected in the flesh tones of the figures.


  • Title: Tritons
  • Creator: Rupert Bunny
  • Date Created: circa 1890
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 80.3 x 150.5 cm stretcher; 109.3 x 179.1 x 5.5 cm frame; 78.5 x 148.0 cm sight edge
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased 1969
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Signature & Date: Signed l.r., black oil "Rupert C.W. Bunny.". Not dated.
  • Artist Country: Australia, France

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