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Geelong Gallery is celebrating its 125th anniversary, the first major work to enter the collection was Frederick McCubbin's A bush burial (1890), the Gallery is commemorating this acquisition with the Whisperings in Wattle Boughs exhibition. It will displayed from 4 September to 13 February, 2022.
Frederick McCubbin was one of the key founders of the Heidelberg school of Australian impressionism. He became inspired during the 1890s to create large-scale pioneering history subjects, which contributed to the formation of a mythic national iconography in the years leading up to Federation.
The exhibition brings together three of McCubbin's key pioneer subjects, Down on his luck, A bush burial and The pioneer, the first time these iconic works have been exhibited together. It also includes works from private and public collections. Many of the subjects in the paintings are McCubbin's wife Annie, other family members and friends.
Frederick McCubbin: Whisperings in Wattle Boughs acknowledges the inspiration McCubbin took from the poetry of Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833–1870), the unique beauty of the Australian bush and the rich stories that emerge from it.
Come and celebrate the unique beauty of Australia's bush at Frederick McCubbin: Whisperings in Wattle Boughs exhibition is on display at Geelong Gallery from 4 September until 13 February, 2022.