The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has emerged as the buyer of the major William Robinson painting “Blue Pools Springbrook, Springbrook to Beechmont” bought at the 24 March Bonhams auction of the Laverty Collection. The painting sold for AU$ 512,400 inc. premium, the highest price of the sale.
Robinson's “Blue Pools Springbrook, Springbrook to Beechmont” is the most significant work of art purchased by QUT and will be added to the university’s William Robinson Art Collection, the largest public collection of the artist’s work. The artist himself describes the painting as among his most important works.
“This acquisition acknowledges that the William Robinson Gallery and Art Collection is an asset of national and international significance,” said QUT Vice-Chancellor Peter Coaldrake. QUT Art Museum senior curator Vanessa Van Ooyen describes the painting as “an exceptional example of Robinson's unique multi-dimensional perspective that has been his greatest stylistic development.”
QUT’s William Robinson Gallery is housed in the Old Goverment House on the university’s Gardens Point campus in Brisbane’s CBD. The gallery opened to the public in 2009 and honours the life and work of this distinguished contemporary Australian painter and QUT alumnus.