(Australia, England, Australia 08 Apr 1867 – 01 Sep 1943)
61.0 x 53.0 cm stretcher; 80.0 x 70.0 x 6.5 cm frame
A leading member of the Heidelberg school of Australian impressionism, Arthur Streeton (1867–1943) is renowned for his sun-drenched vision of the Australian landscape. Moving to Sydney in 1890 he painted many lyrical views of the city, harbour and beaches and adopted an increasingly ambitious scale to produce some of his best known paintings including 'Fire's on'. After a period in London and in France as official war artist during World War I, Streeton returned to Australia to widespread acclaim. This self portrait aged fifty-six portrays the artist at the peak of his success.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006
Andrew Sayers, To look within: self portraits in Australia, 'The artist's self-portrait in Australia', pg. 6-33, Brisbane, 2004, 18, 20 (colour illus.).
Sydney Ure Smith and Leon Gellert (Editors), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 40], Sydney, 15 Oct 1931, (illus.). plate no. 1
Artists by artists (1954), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Nov 1954–05 Dec 1954
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