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Title

Morning light

1916


Artist

Elioth Gruner

New Zealand, Australia

16 Dec 1882 - 17 Oct 1939


About

Often regarded as the last of the Australian impressionists, Elioth Gruner established his reputation as perhaps the country’s most accomplished and lyrical painter of light. While working as a draper’s assistant at Farmer’s department store, Gruner studied at Julian Ashton’s Sydney Art School, eventually becoming Ashton’s assistant at the school in 1914.

Early in his career, Gruner became inspired by influential Melbourne-based artist and tonal theorist Max Meldrum. The broken brushwork in the fore-ground of 'Morning light' also reflects the influence of E Phillips Fox, as well as the modernist experiments of his younger contemporaries Roland Wakelin and Grace Cossington Smith.

'Morning light' was awarded the 1916 Wynne Prize and immediately purchased by the trustees. It was the first work by Gruner to enter its collection. The work is hailed as the high point of Gruner’s Emu Plains series of 1915–19 and is one of his greatest masterpieces.


Details


Other Title

The morning light


Place where the work was made

Emu Plains Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

1916


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas on cardboard


Dimensions

40.6 x 45.1 cm board; 51.8 x 56.9 x 5.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, black (oil?) "E. GRÜNER/1916".


Credit

Purchased 1916


Location

Not on display


Accession number

677


Wynne Prize

Winner - 1916


Artist information

Elioth Gruner

Artist profile

Works in the collection

25


Place

Where the work was made
Emu Plains

Shown in 21 exhibitions

Exhibition history