Smith & Singer

Girolamo Nerli - Important Australian Art for Private Sale

May 12, 2022


Smith & Singer are honoured to offer Girolamo Nerli's The Red Bluff, Point Ormond (1888) for private sale.

In late 1885, when Girolamo Nerli arrived in Melbourne with fellow Italian painter Ugo Catani, they brought with them sketches by various contemporary artist friends.  Exponents of the Macchiaioli school of plein-air painting in Italy – so-called due to the macchie, or spots of bright colour that characterised their work – these artists further promoted the ideas and Impressionism with its broken brushwork and emphasis on mood and moment that influenced the younger generation of Australian artists.

Nerli’s The Red Bluff, Point Ormond (1888) remains one of the few landscape subjects in oil that the artist produced during his brief yet influential stay in Melbourne.  Other examples included, Beach Scene, Hobson’s Bay (1889, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney), Beach Scene, Sandringham (1889, Art Gallery of New South Wales) and The Beach at Port Melbourne from the Foreshore, St. Kilda (1889, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne).

We are particularly delighted to present Girolamo Nerli’s magnificent The Red Bluff, Point Ormond for Private Sale.  


For more information please contact:

Geoffrey Smith
+61 (0)418 889 656 
[email protected]

Emily Walker 
Administrator, Art 
+61 (0)3 9508 9900 
[email protected]

Gary Singer
Chief Executive Officer & Director
+61 (0)418 337 788 
[email protected] 

David Mackay  
Gallery Manager   
+61 (0)2 9302 2402 
[email protected]

Pictured above 

GIROLAMO NERLI 1860-1926    
The Red Bluff, Point Ormond (1888)   
oil on board  
23 x 30.8 cm    
For private sale    


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