Wild animals, YBAs and Aussie impressionism – the week in art

By Jonathan Jones

Australian and Mancunian varieties of impressionism are unveiled this week, along with the beautiful scientific art of Franz and Ferdinand Bauer – plus the rest of the week’s art happenings

Australia’s Impressionists
This is, if nothing else, an unexpected angle on the birth of modern art, following such painters as Tom Roberts and John Russell in their quest to emulate Monet and bring the light of impressionism to Australia. Hey, it worked with French wine – why not French art?
National Gallery, London, 7 December-26 March.

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