Australian Artists Oil Painters Past And Present Part Two
Part two of my series highlighting Australian Artists Oil Painters Past And Present.
Arthur Streeton was an artist instrumental in the promotion of Australian impressionist landscape art.
He was a member of the Heidelberg School of art, the main body of Australian Impressionism. Streetons main influencer was William Turner. The French impressionist movement was also a great driver of his motivation.
On his journey to Heidelberg he was fortunate enough to be given artistic possession of a derelict homestead which gave views across the Yarra Valley to the Dandenongs.
During the war he painted many scenes depicting the human side of war, almost like a still life, but with soldiers as the subjects.
Quite possibly the most prominent member of the Heidelberg school, he died in 1917 at the age of 62. He won several prizes from the National Gallery including a first in 1882. However, by the mid 1880’s he was concentrating on Australian bush.
It was in this period that his art was truly noticed and appreciated. At the turn of the century, he moved to Mount Macedon to his home “Fontainebleau”. This was a prefab’ house that managed to survive the terrible Ash Wednesday fires. The house is there today as a monument to his art.
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