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Title

An afternoon in autumn


Artist

Hans Heysen

Germany, Australia, France

08 Oct 1877 - 02 Jul 1968


About

"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


Details


Date

1924


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

watercolour


Dimensions

46.8 x 63.3; 79.2 x 94.4 x 4 cm frame


Credit

Purchased 1924


Location

Not on display


Accession number

25


Wynne Prize

Winner - 1924


Artist information

Hans Heysen

Works in the collection

46


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


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