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Title

The railway station, Redfern

1893


Artist

Arthur Streeton

Australia, England, Australia

08 Apr 1867 - 01 Sep 1943


About

The subject of this work is the old Redfern Station, situated on Devonshire Street, just south of where Sydney's Central Station is now located. Painted three years after Arthur Streeton first visited Sydney, 'The railway station, Redfern' is an atmospheric study of rain and light. It falls within the tradition of tonal paintings of wet urban scenes which existed alongside the nationalistic evocations of sunlight and heat in Australian painting of this period.

Streeton's choice of modern railway subject matter and his evocative approach were influenced by French and British impressionism as well as the decorative, asymmetrical design and flattened picture plane of Japanese woodcuts.


Details


Other Titles

The railway station

Old Redfern Station

Redfern Station


Place where the work was made

Redfern Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

1893


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

40.8 x 61.0 cm stretcher; 63.0 x 83.0 x 5.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown oil "Arthur Streeton/ 1893.".


Credit

Gift of Lady Denison 1942


Accession number

7209


Artist information

Arthur Streeton

Artist profile

Works in the collection

50


Place

Where the work was made
Redfern

Shown in 22 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 70 publications

Bibliography


Herbert Badham, A gallery of Australian art, Sydney, 1954, (colour illus.). plate no. 13

David Burke, Juggernaut! A story of Sydney in the wild days of the steam trams., '1889: up for sale', pg. 88-92, Sydney, 1997, 93 (colour illus.).

Jane Clark, Golden summers: Heidelberg and beyond, 'Sydney Harbour', pg. 150-152, Melbourne, 1985, 159 (colour illus.), 160.

St. Stanislaus College, Western Advocate, 'An insight into Streeton art era', pg. 8, Bathurst, 04 Dec 1996, 8.

Mary Eagle, Australian Impressionism, 'Friendly rivalry: paintings of waterside Sydney, 1888 and 1890', pg. 103-108, Melbourne, 2007, 108, 206, 338, 213 (colour illus.). cat.no. 11.7

Brian Finemore., The arts in Australia: Australian Impressionism, 'Freedom from prejudice: an introduction to the Australian collection in the national Gallery of Victoria', Melbourne, 1977, 26 (illus.).

Gavin Fry, Paint on the tracks: Australian artists and the railway, 'Introduction', pg. 7-10, Sydney, 1994, cover (colour illus., detail), 24, 25 (colour illus.). cat.no. 6

Ann Galbally, Hemisphere, 'Arthur Streeton', pg. 18-24, Sydney, Mar 1971, 23 (colour illus.).

Anne Galbally, Arthur Streeton, 'Chelsea, 1898-1908', pg. 34-55, Melbourne, 1969, 18, 43 (colour illus.). plate no. 18

James Gleeson, Impressionist painters 1881-1930, 'Arthur Streeton (1867-1943)', pg. 103-104, St Kilda, 1971, 49 (colour illus), 103, 104. plate no. 63

James Gleeson, Masterpieces of Australian painting, 'Arthur Streeton', pg. 74-77, Melbourne, 1969, 76, 77 (colour illus.). plate no. 23

Ursula Hoff, Art and Australia, 'Arthur Streeton at Coogee', pg. 386-389, Sydney, Jun 1967, 389.

Robert Hughes, The art of Australia, 'The Heidelberg school 1885-96', pg. 53-73, Melbourne, 1970, 12, 63 (illus.). plate no. 20

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian collection: painting and sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 116 (colour illus.).

Heather Johnson, Australian art collector, 'Private pleasure, public gain: the influence of private collections', pg. 58-61, Ultimo, Apr 1998-Jun 1998, 60.

Anne Kern, Arthur Streeton the man and his art, 'Sydney early 1890s', pg. 21-24, Leichhardt, 1981, 21, 22 (colour illus.). plate no. 5A

Pat Kreuiter, Look, 'Learning to look at art: introducing and inspiring art lovers of the future', pg. 12-13, Sydney, Oct 2008, 12 (colour illus.). NOTE: Group of school children in front of painting.

Brian Ladd, The Artist & the City, 'Introduction', pg. 4-5, Sydney, 1983, 4.

Lionel Lindsay, Streeton memorial exhibition souvenir catalogue, Sydney, 1945. cat.no. 22

Lionel Lindsay and Robert Campbell, Australia paintings by Arthur Streeton and Arthur Boyd: the XXIX Biennale Venice 1958, Australia, 1958. cat.no. 4

Alan McCulloch, The golden age of Australian painting - Impressionism and the Heidelberg school, 'Streton, Arthur Ernest (1867-1943)', pg. 174-187, Melbourne, 1969, 71 (colour illus.), 176. plate no. 35

Paul McGillick., The Australian financial review, 'The best of Streeton', Sydney, 08 Nov 1996, 21 (illus.), 32.

William Moore, The Courier Mail, 'Art and artists', pg. 24, Brisbane, 09 Jun 1928.

William Moore, The story of Australian art from the earliest known art of the continent to the art of today (Vol. 1), 'Australian school of landscape painters', pg. 84-121, Sydney, 1934, 96.

Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart, Favourites: Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart selections, Sydney, 2002. NOTE: no catalogue numbers; Jeffrey Smart selection.

John Olsen, Art and Australia [series 3, vol. 1, no. 3], 'Sir Arthur Streeton', pg. 161-165, Sydney, Nov 1963, 161, 163 (illus.).

Barry Pearce, Look, 'A quiet love affair: private passion over 33 years gives birth to a book', pg. 26-29, Sydney, Sep 2014, 26. extract

Bary Pearce, Art and Australia (Vol. 23, No. 4), 'Fire's on: some thoughts on a national icon', pg. 527-530, Sydney, Winter 1986, 528.

Christopher Riopelle, Australia's impressionists, 'Australia's impressionists in a world context', pg. 11-18, London, 2016, 10 (colour illus., detail), 11, 76 (colour illus.), 113, 125, 127. cat.no. 13; fig.no. 1

Michael Rosenthal, Art Monthly Australia (no.200), 'Impressions of Australia', pg. 21-27, Canberra, Jun 2007, 24. Review of 'Australian Impressionism' exhibition held at the National Gallery of Victoria [Ian Potter Centre]

Wendy Sheather, Sunday telegraph, 'Enjoy a brush with Streeton', pg. 138, Sydney, 13 Oct 1996, 138 (illus.).

Bernard Smith, Australian painting 1788-1990, 'Genesis 1885-1914', pg. 71-124, South Melbourne, 1991, 83, 84 (illus.). plate no. 56

Arthur Streeton, The Arthur Streeton catalogue, Melbourne, 1935, 116. cat.no. 110

Martin Terry, Art and Australia (Vol. 21, No. 4), 'Conrad Martens and the zig zag', pg. 503, Sydney, Winter 1984, 503.

David Thomas, Deutscher and Hackett fine art auction: Sydney 28 August 2013, 'Arthur Streeton', pg. 74-75, Melbourne, Aug 2013, 74.

Sydney Ure Smith, Unknown and Charles Lloyd Jones (Editors), The art of Arthur Streeton, Sydney, 1919, (colour illus.). plate no. V; titled 'Redfern railway Station'.

Christopher Wray, Arthur Streeton: painter of light, 'City of laughing loveliness', pg. 72-84, Milton, 1993, 73.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 81 (colour illus.).

Bernard William Smith, Australian painting 1788-1970, South Melbourne, 1971, 83 (illus.). plate no. 56

Unknown and Graeme Inson, The glorious years of Australia fair from the birth of the Bulletin to Versailles, Milton, 1971, 13 (illus.).

Ewen McDonald, AGNSW Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 15 (colour illus.).

Unknown, Roy and Matilda - The Golden Locket, Canterbury, 1994, colour illus..

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Unknown (Editor), The Australian, 'You haven't seen Australia until you've seen Arthur Streeton', Sydney, 09 Oct 1996, (cover illus.).

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Clive Turnbull, Jean Campbell and Daniel Thomas, Australian painting: colonial, impressionist, contemporary, Adelaide, 1962, 40. cat.no. 55; titled 'Redfern railway station'

The Adelaide Festival of Arts 1962: Special exhibitions at the National Gallery of South Australia, 'Australian painting: colonial, impressionist, contemporary', Adelaide, 1962. not paginated; cat.no. 62; titled 'Redfern railway station'

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