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The coming home



Hans Heysen

Germany, Australia, France

08 Oct 1877 - 02 Jul 1968


Hans Heysen’s choice of subject in 'The coming home' reflects his love and reverence for nature and rural life. He took inspiration from the landscape and labours of local farmers near his home in Adelaide and, later, Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. Suffused with golden light, this gentle image of cattle being herded evokes a European pastoral ideal. Made soon after his studies in Paris at the turn of the century, it reveals the influence of the work of John Constable and the painters of the French Barbizon school, whom Heysen particularly admired.




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


106.4 x 184.5 cm stretcher; 142.0 x 223.4 x 12.0 cm frame :

0 - Whole, 101.5 x 182.4 cm, SIGHT DIMENSION

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., brown oil "H HEYSEN./ 1904".


Purchased 1904

Accession number


Artist information

Hans Heysen

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 5 publications


Julian Ashton., Daily telegraph, ‘National Art Gallery: The Australian Court’, Sydney, 27 Sep 1905, unknown.

Gregson Flanagan Fine Art Auctioneers, Historical and contemporary paintings, watercolours, drawings and graphics: Gregson Flanagan Spring 2000 auction, Nedlands, 2000, 33. This is the study for "The coming home", illustrated in colour, 30.5 x 54.5cm, oil on board, signed lower right, est. price: $30,000/35,000.

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 126 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Introduction: Convergent Spirits', pg. 10-19, Sydney, 2002, 12, 33 (colour illus.), 34, 143, 147.

Royal Art Society of New South Wales, Royal Art Society of New South Wales 25th annual exhibition (1904), Sydney, 1904, 17.; priced 150 guineas