The King of Belle-Ile – John Russell (1858-1930)

The life and art of Australia’s first Impressionist painter, John Russell (1858-1930), is celebrated in this documentary by Albie Thoms. Featuring the startling landscape of Belle-Ile, a rocky island in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Brittany in France, where Russell made his home for more than twenty years, it explores the exciting milieu of this Australian painter, who was an eye-witness to the massive changes in art in France at the end of the nineteenth century. Raised in Sydney, Russell studied at the Atelier Cormon in Paris, where his fellow students included Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Emile Bernard and Vincent Van Gogh. but a meeting with the Impressionist master, Claude Monet, on Belle-Ile, changed his life. See more