Nani Puspasari


Adaptation –   

[ad-uh p-tey-shuh n] 
noun 1. the act of adapting // 2. the state of being adapted; adjustment // 3. something produced by adapting :

Current total drawings : 14 /  coloured pencil on sketch book / drawing / on-going personal project since 2017


Painting : An Interesting Story (1872) by James Tissot (French), oil on wood panel 59.7 × 76.6 cm

Location : NGV, Melbourne | Time : 15 minutes
Notes : The title of this painting describes a comedy of manners, as James Tissot portrays two fashionably dressed women ignoring a soldier (whose uniform is by contrast conservative and outmoded) who is engrossed in his own telling of a tale. This work, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1872, was one of the first paintings Tissot showed in London after he left France at the fall of the Paris Commune in 1871.


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Painting : October Saison D'Octobre (1878) by Jules Bastien-Lepage (French), oil on canvas 180.7 x 196 cm

Location : NGV, Melbourne | Time : 8 minutes
Notes : Painted at the artist's native village of Damvillers in the Meuse Valley (northeast of Paris), October represents the annual potato harvest in a bleak autumnal landscape. Inspired by the examples of Jean-François Millet and Gustave Courbet, Jules Bastien-Lepage set out to paint rural life as he knew it, not only celebrating the dignity of the peasants but also depicting their hardships. Now considered a realist, Jean Bastien-Lepage despised city painters who sentimentalised country life. Like CamilleCorot, he combined elements of plein-air Impressionism with a controlled approach to technical finish, thus rendering the subject palatable to Salon audiences. A huge popular success, he was awarded the Légion d'Honneur as result.


Painting : The Temptation of Christ (1854) by Ary Scheffer (Dutch-French), oil on canvas 75.5 × 55.0 cm

Location : NGV, Melbourne | Time : 10 minutes
Notes : The forty days of Lent is the annual retreat of the people of God in imitation of Jesus' forty days in the wilderness. Towards the end of his career, Ary Scheffer achieved great success with paintings based on Christian themes. While many of there works were life-size, Scheffer also made a number of smaller copies of his compositions. 


Painting : First meeting between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn (1879) by G.F.Folingsby (Irish/Australian), oil on canvas 156.1 × 120.9 cm

Location : NGV, Melbourne  |  Time : 15 minutes
Notes : Anne Boleyn was the second wife of Henry VIII and the mother of Elizabeth I. Henry's desire to divorce his first wife and marry Anne helped bring about the English Reformation. She was the first English queen to be publicly executed. 
The painting is one of the earliest paintings purchased as a commission by the Gallery. Folingsby was appointed head of the National Gallery School of Art and eventually became Director of the NGV, from 1882 to 1891. The frame came to the collection with the painting and is comparable in quality to the frame on Hermann Baisch‘s Dutch pastures, morning (p.313.5-1), made by Konrad Barth, another Munich framer. It is exceptional in the extensive use of large, complex cast-plaster ornamental lengths. The quality of gilding is enhanced by the fine surface of the plaster castings, which in turn are brittle and prone to damage.