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Title

Self portrait


Artist

Frederick McCubbin

Australia

25 Feb 1855 - 20 Dec 1917


About

Frederick McCubbin studied at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School under the Romantic landscape painter Eugene von Guérard and later with George Folingsby, an artist whose primary interest lay in academic figure painting. McCubbin was appointed drawing master there in 1886. This self-portrait dates from that year of his first appointment, and reflects the young artist’s pleasure in this recognition.

McCubbin was one of the key founders of the Heidelberg school of Australian Impressionism. Like Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton, McCubbin subsequently became inspired during the 1890s to create large-scale pioneering history subjects, which are among the best known and most popularly admired Australian paintings.


Details


Date

1886


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas on hardboard


Dimensions

68.2 x 43.2 cm board; 67.1 x 48.6 cm sight edge; 84.5 x 59.0 x 6.3 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, red oil "F McCubbin/ 1886".


Credit

Purchased 1951


Location

Not on display


Accession number

8559


Artist information

Frederick McCubbin

Works in the collection

5


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Jane Clark and Bridget Whitelaw, Golden summers: Heidelberg and beyond, Melbourne, 1985, 45 (colour illus.).

Sarah Engledow, Impressions: painting light & life, Catalogue essay, pg. 7-16, Canberra, 2011, 8, 26 (caption), 27 (colour illus.). cat.no. 05

Terence Lane, Age, 'Southern lights', pg. 14, Melbourne, 24 Mar 2007, 14 (illus.).

Desmond Macaulay and Bettina Macaulay, What's lost/what's won - Conviction and contradiction in the art of Frederick McCubbin, Toowoomba, 1999, 3 (colour illus.), 11-12, 20.

Humphrey McQueen, Tom Roberts, Sydney, 1996.

Vivienne Webb, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Golden age', pg. 37-38, Sydney, 2000, 68 (colour illus.), 301.