We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.


A road to the ranges



Arthur Streeton

England, Australia

08 Apr 1867 – 01 Sep 1943

Artist profile

  • Details

    Other Title
    Road (to the) ranges
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on cardboard
    23.0 x 13.8 cm board; 51.0 x 35.5 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l. corner, incised "A Streeton". Not dated.

    Gift of Robert Albert AO 2013. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    South Building, ground level, Grand Courts
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Arthur Streeton

    Artist profile

    Works in the collection


  • About

    "'A Road to the Ranges'...is another good thing. The landscape is represented under full sunlight, the yellow road dotted with figures on 'the wallaby', the ranges showing up darkly blue in the distance'.

    Evening Standard, 17th August 1889

    During the summer of 1888-1889 a young Arthur Streeton travelled by train to the beautiful surrounds of Heidelberg, 12 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. There Streeton managed to secure the homestead Mount Eagle after striking up an acquaintance with the brother-in-law of artist David Davies which enabled him to live, paint and teach in the area for the following two years. It was also here that the artist would - along with Tom Roberts and Charles Conder - organise the landmark 9 by 5 Impressionism Exhibition held at Buxton's Rooms, Melbourne, in August 1889.

    Conceived by the older Roberts who had encountered second-hand examples of impressionism whilst studying in London (1881-1884), the 9 by 5 Impressionism Exhibition was central to the development of the so-called 'Heidelberg School' and a turning point in the history of landscape painting in Australia. Its purpose, as stated in the decorative catalogue, was 'to render faithfully, and thus obtain first records of effects widely differing, and often of very fleeting character'.

    'A road to the ranges' 1889 was one of the forty impressionist paintings by Streeton included in the show. The picture depicts a trail presumably leading toward the Dandenong Ranges from Mount Eagle, east of the Yarra basin. Streeton's broad brushstrokes and tonal harmonies capture momentary effects of afternoon light and shadow on an autumnal landscape.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 9 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

Other works by Arthur Streeton

See all 52 works