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John Peter Russell

John Peter Russell (16 June 1858 – 30 April 1930) was an Australian impressionist painter.

Born and raised in Sydney, Russell moved to Europe in his late teenage years to attend art school. There, he befriended fellow pupil Vincent van Gogh and, in 1886, painted the first oil portrait of the artist, now held at the Van Gogh Museum. That same year, Russell painted with Claude Monet at Belle Île. Russell moved there soon after with his wife, Marianna Russell, one of sculptor Auguste Rodin's favourite models. Henri Matisse visited Russell at Belle Île in the 1890s, and later credited the Australian with introducing him to impressionist techniques and colour theory.

Despite painting prolifically and maintaining close ties with the European avant-garde, Russell rarely exhibited his works and, having received a large inheritance from his father, showed no interest in making money from art. After his wife died in 1907, Russell, grief-stricken, destroyed hundreds of his paintings. He returned to Sydney in old age where he died in relative obscurity. His cousin, Australian artist Thea Proctor, did much to posthumously promote Russell's art, and by the late 20th-century, a number of biographies and exhibitions had helped to restore his reputation as a significant artist. Today his works are held in major galleries in his home country and in Europe, including the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée Rodin in Paris.While in Europe, Russell maintained correspondence with Australian impressionist painter Tom Roberts, updating him on developments in French impressionism. Since he remained in Europe for much of his career and descended into obscurity after his death, Russell became known as Australia's "lost impressionist".

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Some of their strengths

John Peter Russell has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Energetic, Charming, Passionate, Communicative, Bold, Confident, and Extroverted.

Charming and Quick-witted

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, John Peter Russell is someone who is a charming, quick-witted, and energetic person who combines passion and intelligence with an ability to feel what others are feeling and to effectively communicate with them. A person who is ambitious and motivated.

Constant and Serious

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know John Peter Russell well know them as someone who can be determined, unmoving, and firm, like a rock or a high mountain.

Methodical and Exacting

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe John Peter Russell as someone who is careful, methodical, and a perfectionist.

A person who forms successful business partnerships, who appreciates the variety the world has to offer, who takes a frugal approach to life and tends to be a workaholic, and who engages in things that let them express their opinion.

Influential and Dynamic

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, John Peter Russell is someone who tends to be focused on spreading ideas, information, and activities.

They are also someone who is confident and creative, and who has a love for starting new projects, inventing new things, and giving back to the community.

Logical and Reasonable

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, John Peter Russell tends to be someone who is understanding, logical, and reasonable. Who can be intellectual and intuitive, speak the truth at any cost, be witty and sociable, and live life to its fullest.

Some of John Peter Russell's challenges

While John Peter Russell has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, John Peter Russell can be Self-centered, Perfectionist, Hypocritical, Arrogant, Status-seeking, Difficult, and Sensitive.

Hypocritical and Self-centered

One of John Peter Russell's key challenges is that they are someone who can be perceived as hypocritical and self-centered.

Sensitive and Critical

John Peter Russell is someone who can be insecure, critical, and pessimistic, who can have difficulty relaxing, can be possessive and jealous, and who can have difficulty listening to others' opinions and perspectives and make hasty decisions.

Indecisive and Distracted

Finally, John Peter Russell also can have a hard time staying focused and can easily become restless.

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