Born Liverpool, England 1859, arrived Australia 1892, died London, England 1935
Lindsay Bernard Hall is best remembered for his directorship of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and the National Gallery School, Melbourne from 1892 until his death in 1935, a reign of forty-three years. He was educated at the Royal College of Art, London and the Academies of Antwerp and Munich. There, he developed both his technical skill and an appreciation of the teaching methods he would later employ.
When not engaged in gallery work, Hall maintained his own painting practice. Often recalling Diego Velázquez and Jan Vermeer, his semi-classical nudes and interiors demonstrated the tonal techniques he so admired.
In the studio (c.1924) was exhibited at the Athenaeum Hall, Melbourne in 1927. It had previously been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria but was exchanged for the artist’s The studio party (1926). In the studio (1924) shows Bernard Hall in his Swanston Street office/studio painting a sitter’s portrait.
A foundation member of the New English Art Club, and exhibitor with the Society of British Artists, the Royal Academy, and the Victorian Artists Society, Hall was attributed with elevating the aesthetic standards of art in Melbourne. His work is represented at the National Gallery of Australia, all major state galleries and many regional galleries.