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Spring frost

This artwork is one of the most popular paintings in the Gallery. The artist – Elioth Gruner – painted it in a farm paddock in Emu Plains and had to wrap his legs in sacks to protect him from the cold, frosty air.

  • Travel to this farm paddock.
  • Look closely at the farmer. Notice his pink ears in the cold morning air. Can you see the breath of the cows?
  • Observe how the light is coming through the trees and creating long shadows. Can you spot the farmhouse hidden in the trees?
  • Draw what you think the farmhouse looks like.

 

At home

Find out more about Emu Plains on Sydney’s western outskirts. Are there still farms there now?