Just before signs of the degenerative disease Huntington's Chorea seriously impacted on the life of South Australian painter Horace Trenerry, leading to his death in a nursing home in 1958, his works began to exude a chalky translucence comparable to certain European painters such as Fernand Hodler of Switzerland and Gwen John of Great Britain. As with their visions, there was an enigmatic quality of colour within his colourlessness, and beyond the deceptive simplicity of his subject matter, typical of much landscape imagery which emerged out of the Heidelberg school, an intense response to nature resulted in a rarified inflexion of the language of painting.
Trenerry scholar Lou Klepac rates 'Morning mists' amongst the greatest handful of his works: "Trenerry is still to be discovered by the public at large" he said, "but has always been admired by other artists, for example Jeffrey Smart. His late visionary paintings especially are extraordinary, rendered thickly not for the sake of thickness, but under a spiritual impulse which well near defies unravelment of the motif from the pure process of painting."
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001
circa 1945-circa 1947
oil on canvas on cardboard
65.8 x 60.0 cm board; 64.0 x 58.5 cm sight; 78.0 x 72.5 x 3.7 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, "TRENERRY" [very faint]. Not dated.
Edward Stinson Bequest Fund 2001
Not on display
© estate of the artist
Shown in 4 exhibitions
A loan exhibition of paintings by Horace Trenerry, John Martin's Auditorium, 10 Sep 1953–Unknown
Horace Trenerry Memorial Exhibition, South Australian School of Arts, North Adelaide, 06 Mar 1964–20 Mar 1964
Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003
Australian Collection Focus: The late landscape paintings of Horace Trenerry, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 Nov 2008–15 Mar 2009
Referenced in 6 publications
Lou Klepac 1970, Horace Trenerry: 1899-1958, ‘Introduction’, pg. 9-24, Sydney, 2009, 21, 118 (colour illus.), 140.
Christopher Allen, The Weekend Australian, 'Lone pine: the late landscape paintings of Horace Trenerry', pg. 18-19, Canberra, 07 Feb 2009-08 Feb 2009, 19. NOTE: Review of the Australian focus room exhibition.
Lou Klepac, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Hans Heysen / Elioth Gruner / Horace Trenerry', pg. 32-47, Sydney, 2002, 46, 47 (colour illus.), 146, 147.
Lou Klepac, Horace Trenerry, Adelaide, 1970, 35, plate no. 34 (illus.). plate no. 34; catalogue entry pg.35
Barry Pearce, The late landscape paintings of Horace Trenerry, Sydney, 2008, (colour illus.). NOTE: Online exhibition catalogue for the Australian focus room exhibition.
Barry Pearce, The world of Antiques & Art, 'Exploring hidden treasures in Parallel Visions', pg. 124-126, Bondi Junction, Jul 2002-Dec 2002, 124 (colour illus.).