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Morning mists

circa 1945-circa 1947


Horace Trenerry


05 Dec 1899 - 10 Jan 1958


Just before signs of the degenerative disease Huntington's Chorea seriously impacted on the life of South Australian painter Horace Trenerry, leading to his death in a nursing home in 1958, his works began to exude a chalky translucence comparable to certain European painters such as Fernand Hodler of Switzerland and Gwen John of Great Britain. As with their visions, there was an enigmatic quality of colour within his colourlessness, and beyond the deceptive simplicity of his subject matter, typical of much landscape imagery which emerged out of the Heidelberg school, an intense response to nature resulted in a rarified inflexion of the language of painting.

Trenerry scholar Lou Klepac rates 'Morning mists' amongst the greatest handful of his works: "Trenerry is still to be discovered by the public at large" he said, "but has always been admired by other artists, for example Jeffrey Smart. His late visionary paintings especially are extraordinary, rendered thickly not for the sake of thickness, but under a spiritual impulse which well near defies unravelment of the motif from the pure process of painting."

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001



circa 1945-circa 1947

Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas on cardboard


65.8 x 60.0 cm board; 64.0 x 58.5 cm sight; 78.0 x 72.5 x 3.7 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, "TRENERRY" [very faint]. Not dated.


Edward Stinson Bequest Fund 2001


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Horace Trenerry

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 6 publications


Lou Klepac 1970, Horace Trenerry: 1899-1958, ‘Introduction’, pg. 9-24, Sydney, 2009, 21, 118 (colour illus.), 140.

Christopher Allen, The Weekend Australian, 'Lone pine: the late landscape paintings of Horace Trenerry', pg. 18-19, Canberra, 07 Feb 2009-08 Feb 2009, 19. NOTE: Review of the Australian focus room exhibition.

Lou Klepac, Horace Trenerry, Adelaide, 1970, 35, plate no. 34 (illus.). plate no. 34; catalogue entry pg.35

Lou Klepac, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Hans Heysen / Elioth Gruner / Horace Trenerry', pg. 32-47, Sydney, 2002, 46, 47 (colour illus.), 146, 147.

Barry Pearce, The late landscape paintings of Horace Trenerry, Sydney, 2008, (colour illus.). NOTE: Online exhibition catalogue for the Australian focus room exhibition.

Barry Pearce, The world of Antiques & Art, 'Exploring hidden treasures in Parallel Visions', pg. 124-126, Bondi Junction, Jul 2002-Dec 2002, 124 (colour illus.).