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- Harvest Kent
Suffolk harvest scene
- Media category
- Materials used
- oil on canvas
- 56.0 x 46.0 cm stretcher; 82.3 x 71.6 x 6.0 cm frame
- Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, red oil "Streeton". Not dated.
- Purchased 1902
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
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Arthur Streeton painted his first English landscapes in the summer of 1898 in Sussex, including this painting of a harvest scene. He was adapting to the English light and vegetation, aided by working plein air and his astute observational abilities. He used a similar composition to some of his Australian paintings, such as 'What though among the leaves hast never known' 1896, whose landscape with figures is also framed by overarching trees.
The rich colours and rambunctious clouds suggest Streeton was looking at the work of English contemporary Philip Wilson Steer and as well as earlier works by John Constable, such as 'The Cornfield' 1826 in London's National Gallery. 'Sussex Harvest' was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in May 1899 and sent back to Sydney for exhibition at the Society of Artists in late August. The Sydney Morning Herald reviewer considered it the 'chief success' among Streeton's exhibits.
Referenced in 5 publications
Edmund Capon AM, OBE, I blame Duchamp: my life's adventures in art, 'John Bull and the Little Boy at Manly', pg. 321-333, Sydney, 2009, 328, 329.
Deutscher and Hackett, Melbourne (Compilator), Deutscher and Hackett fine art auction: Melbourne 20 April 2011, Woollahra, 20 Apr 2011, 80.
Ann Galbally, Arthur Streeton, Melbourne, 1969, 67 (colour illus.), 82. tilted 'Sussex (Suffolk) Harvest Scene, 1898' on page 67, however listed on page 96 as circa 1898
Mervyn Horton (Editor), Art and Australia [series 3, vol. 1, no. 3], Sydney, Nov 1963, 160 (colour illus.).
Alan McCulloch, The golden age of Australian painting - Impressionism and the Heidelberg school, Melbourne, 1969, 74 (illus.).
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