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Title

Ploughing


Artist

J J Hilder

Australia

23 Jul 1881 - Apr 1916


About

"His power of selection never left him. He instinctively avoided the obvious and commonplace in nature and the simplest thing always appealed to him. A group of trees, a broken sliprail, an old stable, a man working in a clay pit. They sound commonplace, but seen through Hilder's eyes they are transformed into something beautiful. "

Sydney Ure Smith, 1916

With a sweeping perspective, Hilder accentuates the large cumulous cloud surging at centre - encouraging speculation on the untilled field beyond. The horses appear shrouded in a hot vapour as they pull the plough languidly across the land. Through Hilder's wet wash technique the pigment appears almost to meld with the fibres of the paper. Using mostly cool colours he miraculously creates a sweaty heat that hangs on this symbol of rural labour, the ploughman.


Details


Date

1910


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

watercolour on paper


Dimensions

22.9 x 29.1 cm sheet; 45.2 x 52.2 x 1.7 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, grey watercolour "J.J.HILDER/ 1910".


Credit

Bequest of Dr and Mrs Sinclair Gillies 1952


Location

Not on display


Accession number

8977


Artist information

J J Hilder

Works in the collection

34


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Douglas Dundas., The Etruscan, 'The watercolours of J.J. Hilder', Sydney, Sep 1959, 21 (colour illus.).

Gavin Fry, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'J.J. Hilder / Blamire Young / Norman Lindsay', pg. 72-87, Sydney, 2002, 75 (colour illus.), 144, 147.

Brett Hilder and Lloyd Rees, The heritage of J. J. Hilder, Sydney, 1966, 51 (colour illus.). plate no. XII, cat.no. 203

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 33 (colour illus.), 116. cat.no. 20

Hendrik Kolenberg, Twentieth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1989. cat.no. 30

Ursula Prunster and Edmund Capon, J.J. Hilder and contemporaries, Sydney, 1981, (illus.). cat.no. 6