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Title

Lilium auratum

circa 1909

Artist

Arthur Streeton

England, Australia

08 Apr 1867 - 01 Sep 1943

  • Details

    Other Title
    Lilies
    Date
    circa 1909
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas, later mounted on hardboard
    Dimensions
    134.2 x 85.0 cm board; 159.2 x 108.5 x 6.5 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l., brown oil "A. STREETON". Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Mr Frank Rickwood in memory of Justin Robert Rainey (1924-1985) 1995
    Location
    19th c Australian art
    Accession number
    137.1995
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Arthur Streeton

    Artist profile

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    This magnificent flower painting was rapidly executed with broad strokes of thin, translucent paint. Two plumes of white flowers with orange speckles and stamens, in a brass Middle Eastern jardiniere, stand out from the deep green background. Remnants of blue sky can just be made out near the lilies on the left, hints of an earlier landscape concealed beneath the showy lilies.

    An X-ray has revealed a view of the Gloucester Buckets mountain range in New South Wales. It matches a 1894 line engraving of the painting exhibited in Sydney and reviewed as 'amongst the best pictures of the year', which by 1935 Streeton had listed as 'disappeared' from his studio. Streeton painted the lilies directly on top of this canvas which, if rotated to the right, reveals the mountain range more clearly. It is difficult to know why Streeton painted over one of his most notable 1890s landscapes, but many of his still-lifes have earlier paintinqs underneath.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 6 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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