Von Guerard was born in Vienna. At the age of fifteen he left his birthplace for an extended tour of Italy with his father, also an artist.In Rome von Guerard studied under Giovanni Battista Bassi who was interested in the tradition of the great seventeenth-century landscape artists. In 1838, after his father’s death in 1836 in Naples, von Guerard moved to Germany to study at the Dusseldorf Academy of Art, one of the leading art schools in Europe. He also visited the Netherlands, Switzerland and France. In 1852 von Guerard travelled to Australia, hoping to find gold, however life was tough on the goldfields, so he returned to Melbourne where he resumed painting, including sketching expeditions in south-eastern Australia, and New Zealand inspired by the unique and beautiful Australian landscape von Guerard made sketching expeditions to rural and remote areas in south-eastern Australia, and New Zealand. His sketches provided him with the material for studio painting. During this time he also created a ‘house portraits’, usually commissioned by wealthy country landowners. In 1870 von Guerard was appointed first Curator and Master of the School of Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. Von Guerard returned to Europe in 1882, finally living in London.
Johann Von Guerard is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 1967 of 473, of which 380 (80%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $1,982,500 for A View of Geelong sold by Christies in April 1996. In addition to this sale, a further 6 works by this artist have been sold for over $1 million. This year 6 works have been offered for sale. Works by Johann Von Guerard are held by the National Gallery of Victoria, Ian Potter Museum of Art and a further six major public national galleries (see list below).
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Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…
No, ineligible. The artist has been deceased for more than 70 years.
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