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Title

Spring frost

1919


Artist

Elioth Gruner

New Zealand, Australia

16 Dec 1882 - 17 Oct 1939


About

Awarded the Wynne Prize in 1919 and painted the same year as Roland Wakelin's and Roy de Maistre's experiments in colour harmony, 'Spring frost' is one of Elioth Gruner's most critically acclaimed achievements. With its impeccable sense of light and tone, and its vigorous foreground brushwork, 'Spring frost' is a tour de force, and perhaps the most loved Australian landscape painting in the Gallery.

Elioth Gruner painted 'Spring frost' according to 19th-century plein-air conventions, but the work also demonstrates a contemporary succinctness of form. To complete the painting - one of his largest compositions - en plein air, Gruner built a structure to protect the canvas from the weather, and wrapped his legs with chaff bags to avoid frostbite. Although painted largely outdoors at Emu Plains, its large size and somewhat theatrical quality make it likely that Gruner completed parts of it later, in his city studio.

This work was acquired by the Gallery in 1939.


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Place where the work was made

Emu Plains Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

1919


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

131.0 x 178.7 cm stretcher; 157.5 x 206.7 x 14.0 cm frame + 25mm back build-up


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., black oil "E GRUNER/ 1919".


Credit

Gift of F G White 1939


Accession number

6925


Wynne Prize

Winner - 1919


Artist information

Elioth Gruner

Artist profile

Works in the collection

25


Place

Where the work was made
Emu Plains

Shown in 9 exhibitions

Exhibition history