(Germany, Australia, France 08 Oct 1877–02 Jul 1968)
106.4 x 184.5cm stretcher; 141.8 x 223.6 x 12.5cm frame:
0 - Whole; 101.5 x 182.4cm; SIGHT DIMENSION
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.
Barry Pearce (Australia) (Author), Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, Domain, 2002, 12, 33 (colour illus.), 34, 143, 147.
Gregson Flanagan Fine Art Auctioneers (Australia), 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 (Australia) (Author), Edmund Capon (England; Australia, b.1940) (Director), Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, Domain, 1999, 126 (colour illus.).
‘National Art Gallery: The Australian Court’ by Julian Ashton., Daily telegraph 27 Sep 1905, 27 Sep 1905, unknown.
Royal Art Society of New South Wales (Australia, estab. 1880), Royal Art Society of New South Wales 25th annual exhibition (1904), Sydney, 1904, 17. cat.no.80; priced 150 guineas
Twenty-fifth Annual Exhibition of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales (1904), Vickery's Galleries, 1904 -.
Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003.