An Improbable Collection
Frank Brangwyn ( 1867-1956) and William Orpen ( 1878-1931) were, until around 1940, two of the most widely acclaimed artists of the twentieth century, their works being displayed in major galleries all over the world.
Because of a shift away from representational painting their eminence plummeted. A large collection of the work of both painters was acquired by a wealthy Australian businessman, R,D. Elliott ,prior to 1945. Elliott died in 1950 and left his remarkable collection to the Mildura Council, who have the works on display in the attractive Mildura Gallery.
The film outlines the brilliant careers of both men ( Brangwyn was English, Orpen Irish) along with their plunge to obscurity – a trajectory that is one of the defining characteristics of the art world – because of changes in taste and /or the emergence of new styles of art.
Script and Direction….Bruce Beresford
Photography Cordelia Beresford
Editing Mark Warner
Music composed and conducted by… George Ellis
Narrator Nicholas Hammond
Sound mixer Andy Wrigh