Renowned for his iconic vision of Australian pastoral landscapes, Arthur Streeton produced few flower paintings in his early career. From 1920 onward, however, he painted numerous still life works depicting cut flowers, including 'Lilium Auratum', displaying his interest in the traditional artistic concerns of the genre.
Streeton painted this still life over an earlier landscape study for 'The Gloucester Buckets' (1894), which is currently on display in the 19th century Australian Galleries at AGNSW. Taking the sweeping landscape study, he turned the long narrow canvas ninety degrees and painted 'Lilium Auratum'. Faint glimpses of Streeton's brilliant blue sky can still be seen on the right hand side of the painting, beneath the rich dark background of the still life.
oil on canvas on hardboard
134.2 x 85.0 cm board; 159.2 x 108.5 x 6.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.l., brown paint "A. STREETON". Not dated.
Gift of Mr Frank Rickwood in memory of Justin Robert Rainey (1924-1985) 1995
Not on display
Shown in 4 exhibitions
A retrospective exhibition of paintings by Arthur Streeton, Athenaeum Gallery, Melbourne, 15 Aug 1933–26 Aug 1933
Paintings by Sir Arthur Streeton, Athenaeum Gallery, Melbourne, 14 Feb 1961–24 Feb 1961
The Passionate gardener: Arthur Streeton's flower paintings, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, 04 Nov 2001–02 Dec 2001
Still life, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jul 2013–23 Apr 2014
Referenced in 4 publications
Athenaeum Gallery, Paintings by Arthur Streeton, Melbourne, 1961. cat.no. 11 [possibly according to Geoffrey Smith, 1995]
Athenaeum Gallery, A retrospective exhibition of paintings by Arthur Streeton (1933), Melbourne, 1933. cat.no. 21
Margaret Berkeley, The Australian women's weekly, 'Streeton home keeps artistic atmosphere', pg. 8-9, Sydney, 05 May 1965, 9 (illus.).
Arthur Streeton, The Arthur Streeton catalogue, Melbourne, 1935. cat.no. 1067