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An image of The coming home by Hans Heysen

Hans Heysen

(Germany, Australia, France 08 Oct 1877 – 02 Jul 1968)

Title
The coming home
Year
1904
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas
Dimensions

106.4 x 184.5 cm stretcher; 141.8 x 223.6 x 12.5 cm frame:

0 - Whole; 101.5 x 182.4 cm; SIGHT DIMENSION

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., brown oil "H HEYSEN./ 1904".
Credit
Purchased 1904
Accession number
5733
Copyright
© C Heysen
Location
19th c Australian art
Further information

Hans Heysen’s choice of subject in 'The coming home' reflects his love and reverence for nature and rural life. He took inspiration from the landscape and labours of local farmers near his home in Adelaide and, later, Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. Suffused with golden light, this gentle image of cattle being herded evokes a European pastoral ideal. Made soon after his studies in Paris at the turn of the century, it reveals the influence of the work of John Constable and the painters of the French Barbizon school, whom Heysen particularly admired.

Bibliography (5)

Julian Ashton., Daily telegraph, ‘National Art Gallery: The Australian Court’, Sydney, 27 Sep 1905, unknown.

Gregson Flanagan Fine Art Auctioneers, Historical and contemporary paintings, watercolours, drawings and graphics: Gregson Flanagan Spring 2000 auction, Nedlands, 2000, 33. This is the study for "The coming home", illustrated in colour, 30.5 x 54.5cm, oil on board, signed lower right, est. price: $30,000/35,000.

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 126 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Introduction: Convergent Spirits', pg. 10-19, Sydney, 2002, 12, 33 (colour illus.), 34, 143, 147.

Royal Art Society of New South Wales, Royal Art Society of New South Wales 25th annual exhibition (1904), Sydney, 1904, 17. cat.no.80; priced 150 guineas

Exhibition history (2)

Twenty-fifth Annual Exhibition of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales (1904), Vickery's Galleries, Sydney, 1904 -

Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003