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.
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".
© C Heysen
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Twenty-fifth Annual Exhibition of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales (1904), Vickery's Galleries, Sydney, 1904 -
Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003