(Australia 23 Jul 1881 – Apr 1916)
22.2 x 27.5 cm sheet; 47.0 x 49.5 x 2.3 cm frame
The vogue for watercolours and the sustained public interest in national landscape collide happily in the work of J. J. Hilder. Queensland-born, he was essentially self-taught in the watercolour medium, which he commanded with an authority equalled only by Hans Heysen and Blamire Young. Timber getters takes its cues from the Heidelberg School, Sydney Long and the English aesthetic movement, with Hilder supplying his signature touch of atmospheric fluidity. The image coheres for the viewer from pools of pure colour. Hilder's early death from tuberculosis robbed Australian art of a unique sensibility, though a substantial body of his work survives.
Dennis Colsey and Hal Missingham, One hundred years of Australian landscape painting: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1968, Sydney, 1968, 12, 13 (illus.). cat.no. 10
Douglas Dundas., The Etruscan, 'The watercolours of J.J. Hilder', Sydney, Sep 1959, 22 (colour illus.).
Gavin Fry, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'J.J. Hilder / Blamire Young / Norman Lindsay', pg. 72-87, Sydney, 2002, 74 (colour illus.), 75, 144, 147.
R.H. Goddard, Lionel Lindsay and C.B. Newling, A memorial volume to Howard Hinton patron of art, Sydney, 1951, 138 (illus.). cat.no. 14
Captain Brett Hilder and Lloyd Rees, The heritage of J. J. Hilder, Sydney, 1966. cat.no. 191
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales Handbook, 'Australian Collection: Works on Paper', pg. 182-197, Sydney, 1999, 191 (colour illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg, Twentieth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1989. cat.no. 31
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 32 (colour illus.), 115-116. cat.no. 19
Lionel Lindsay, Howard Hinton memorial exhibition, 'Howard Hinton, OBE', pg. 2-3, Sydney, 1948, 5. cat.no. 14
Ursula Prunster and Edmund Capon, J.J. Hilder and contemporaries, Sydney, 1981, (illus.). cat.no. 5
Sydney Ure Smith (Editor), Art of Australia 1788-1941, New York, 1941, 39, (illus.). cat.no. 72
The Australian art exhibition (1932), Macleod Galleries, 22 Mar 1932 -
Art of Australia 1788-1941:
Howard Hinton memorial exhibition (1948), National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 1948–30 Apr 1948
J.J. Hilder and Contemporaries:
Twentieth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Apr 1989–25 Jun 1989
Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s:
Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003