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Paintings of Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury
Arthur Streeton 'Land of the Golden Fleece' 1926 Arthur Streeton - Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney
Visitors to the Art Gallery of New South Wales are in for a treat - the most significant retrospective of Australian impressionist artist Arthur Streeton ever held, featuring more than 150 works from public and private collections, including some not seen for over 100 years.
I liked John McDonald's review of this retrospective in the Sydney Morning Herald when he summed up why this art show would be worth seeing. "When the title of a show is simply the artist's surname it sends a message. If you don't know who Streeton is, well… you should. ......The unattended surname signifies greatness. It's a warning you'll miss out on an essential Australian cultural experience if you don't see this show."
Streeton is one of Australia's best known and most influential landscape painters. He was a key member of the Heidelberg school of Australian impressionism, the first distinctively Australian school of painting. Instead of painting knock-off English scenes, artists such as Streeton, Tom Roberts and Frederick McCubbin turned to Australia's inherent beauty. The special light we have, the hues of eucalyptus, and the brash sunlight that typifies our country that is so uniquely ours.
Streeton spent the early 20th century in Europe and served as a war artist during the First World War. When he returned, he was part of the plein air artist camps that met in the bush. While now in the suburbs of Melbourne, in those days they were camping out in the wild in places such as Box Hill and Heidelberg.
The Heidelberg School was originally derided by conservative critics but these young men create a new type of art in Australia, that has stood the test of time. After the Art Gallery of New South Wales bought his painting 'Still glides the stream, and shall for ever glide' 1890, Streeton moved to Sydney where he painted views of the city, harbour and beaches and established an artists' camp in Mosman.
'Still glides the stream, and shall for ever glide' 1890, Streeton - Art Gallery of NSW
In search of intense hues and stunning vistas, he travelled to the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury River. From 1890, his paintings became increasingly large and ambitious. Arthur Streeton's brilliant evocations of land, light and sea are among the most enduring and popular paintings for many Australians.
This exhibition presents a fresh look at his much-loved works, including a selection from the artist's international career in Egypt, England, Italy and WWI France.
This is an exhibition for the whole family as there are children's labels, a children's trail and an activity sheet with ideas for creating art at home. Sydneysiders will be pleased to see some of Streeton's greatest works were painted in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury. The scenes will be familiar to many.
The exhibition is a reminder of the extraordinary sites and natural landscapes we have in our own backyard. Streeton is open at the Art Gallery of NSW. Tickets are available to purchase from www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au.
Where:Art Gallery of NSW Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney
Cost:Tickets are dated and timed. Please specify a date and time when booking. SOME SESSIONS SOLD OUT. $22 adult $20 concession $18 member $56 family (2 adults up to 3 children) $12 child/youth (5-17 years) Free for children under 5 $2 transaction fee