The hill of the creeping shadow
Germany, Australia, France
08 Oct 1877 - 02 Jul 1968
Hans Heysen first visited the Flinders Ranges in South Australia in 1926 and made numerous subsequent visits, producing a large number of drawings, watercolours and paintings of the area. Drawn to the dry, ancient land, so different to the bush and beachscapes and lyrical pastoral scenes usually depicted by Australian landscape artists at the time, Heysen was one of the first non-Aboriginal artists to create and exhibit a significant body of works of the Australian desert interior. His well-promoted images of the outback with its intense red and ochre colours and austere geological formations helped to introduce new meanings of the Australian landscape to the public, most of whom had never seen the country’s interior.
'It was in the Flinders Ranges that I was made curiously conscious of a very old land where the primitive forces of Nature were constantly evident. The barren hillsides, incised and torn by Nature’s forces, hold a peculiar attraction… It is a land for the draughtsman, and yet at times, it is also magnificently rich and varied in depths of colour and its range of colour schemes.'
Hans Heysen 1932
This work was a finalist in the 1929 Wynne Prize and was acquired by the Gallery in 1929.
The Hill of the Creeping Shadow, Flinders Ranges
oil on canvas
66.0 x 92.0 cm stretcher; 88.8 x 114.3 x 8.2 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown oil "HANS HEYSEN/ 1929".
Not on display
© C Heysen
Shown in 9 exhibitions
Society of Artists Annual Exhibition (1929), Education Department Gallery [Loftus Street], Sydney, 07 Sep 1929–04 Oct 1929
150 years of Australian art (1938), National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jan 1938–25 Apr 1938
A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Sep 1953–25 Oct 1953
Australian Painting: Colonial, Impressionist, Contemporary (1962-63), National Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 17 Mar 1962–31 Mar 1962
A century of Australian landscape painting: mood and moment:
Seeing is believing - the art in photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1985–19 Jan 1986
Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003
Arid Arcadia: art of the Flinders Ranges, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 30 Aug 2002–03 Nov 2002
Hans Heysen Retrospective (2008-2010):
- Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 14 Nov 2008–08 Feb 2009
- Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington 23 Apr 2009–21 Jun 2009
- Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat 11 Jul 2009–02 Oct 2009
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 27 Nov 2009–14 Feb 2010
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 14 May 2010–07 Jul 2010
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 31 Jul 2010–24 Oct 2010
- Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle 19 Nov 2010–30 Jan 2011