Near Heidelberg

Near Heidelberg

Artist/s name

oil on canvas
53.7 x 43.3 cm
Place/s of Execution
Eaglemont, Melbourne, Victoria
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1943
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery Location
Gallery 6
Level 2, NGV Australia

Eaglemont homestead became something of an informal art school when Arthur Streeton and Charles Conder were living there. The artists learnt a great deal from one another, working together and painting the same views. Both painted from this hillside depicted in Near Heidelberg.

Streeton learned, from Conder in particular, the decorative deployment of landscape features: the slender silhouetted gum tree motif in Near Heidelberg, for example, also appears in Conder’s 9 by 5 Impression, Dandenong from Heidelberg c.1889 (Art Gallery of South Australia Collection). The ‘square brush’ method of paint application is a legacy of Tom Roberts’s training in England. The brilliant blue-and-gold palette was perhaps Streeton’s particular contribution, continuing as a hallmark of his interpretation of Australian landscape for the remainder of his long career.

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