An afternoon in autumn
Germany, Australia, France
08 Oct 1877 - 02 Jul 1968
"There is something immensely exhilarating when tall white gums tower into the blue heavens - the subtle quality of the edges where they meet the sky - how mysterious ...".
Hans Heysen, c.1926
Hans Heysen was one of the greatest Australian landscape painters, winning the Art Gallery of New South Wales' Wynne Prize for landscape nine times. Heysen's art was disciplined yet lyrical, based on a solidly European foundation, particularly the naturalism of the late nineteenth century French Barbizon school. Heysen's masterful compositions and strong draughtsmanship were informed by a close observation of the natural world and a reverence for those who lived and worked on the land. He found his subjects close at hand, especially near his home at Hahndorf and in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia.
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001
This painting won the Wynne Prize in 1924 and was acquired by the Gallery in 1924
Shown in 2 exhibitions
J.J. Hilder and Contemporaries:
The Wynne prize: an Australian landscape tradition (1987):
- S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney 19 Dec 1986–01 Feb 1987
- Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul 06 Mar 1987–29 Mar 1987
- Orange Regional Gallery, Australia 10 Apr 1987–17 May 1987
- Griffith Regional Art Gallery 03 Jun 1987–20 Jun 1987
- Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Australia 01 Jul 1987–26 Jul 1987
- Albury Regional Gallery, Albury 07 Aug 1987–06 Sep 1987
- Broken Hill City Art Gallery, Broken Hill 18 Sep 1987–26 Oct 1987
- Tamworth City Gallery, Tamworth 05 Nov 1987–13 Dec 1987
Referenced in 3 publications
Helen Campbell, Wynne centenary 1897-1997: a selection of past winners from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997.
Edmund Capon (Director), Barry Pearce (Curator) and Dinah Dysart (Curator), The Wynne prize: an Australian landscape tradition, Sydney, 1986, 15, 25.
Ursula Prunster and Edmund Capon, J.J. Hilder and contemporaries, Sydney, 1981, (illus.). cat.no. 33