Antonio Dattilo Rubbo, Rider In The Distance, Oil On Canvas On Board "SOLD"

Italian-born Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo (1870-1955) is enshrined in Australian art history as the charismatic teacher and champion of the Sydney Moderns, who include Grace Cossington Smith, Roy de Maistre and Roland Wakelin. The return of former pupil Norah Simpson from Europe in 1913 with reproductions of post-Impressionist masters such as Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cézanne, coupled with Dattilo-Rubbo’s enthusiasm for modern art, transformed his studio into the hub for Sydney’s avant-garde. As an artist, Dattilo-Rubbo is best known for his social realist portraits of Sydney’s unconventional characters. His work is underpinned by strong draughtmanship and craftmanship acquired through academic training in Rome and Naples. However, the art of the Impressionists and post-Impressionists, which Dattilo-Rubbo championed, also filtered into his work.