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Hauling timber



Hans Heysen

Germany, Australia, France

08 Oct 1877 - 02 Jul 1968


This painting won the Wynne Prize in 1911 and was acquired by the Gallery in 1911.




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


102.0 x 135.0 cm stretcher; 132.5 x 166.1 x 9.1 cm frame :

0 - Whole, 99.8 x 133.2 cm, SIGHT DIMENSION

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, brown oil "HANS HEYSEN/ 1911".


Purchased 1911


Not on display

Accession number


Wynne Prize

Winner - 1911

Artist information

Hans Heysen

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 10 publications


Rebecca Andrews, Hans Heysen, 'Heroic gum trees', pg. 52-59, Adelaide, 2008, 52 (colour illus.), 133 (colour illus.).

Helen Campbell, Wynne centenary 1897-1997: a selection of past winners from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997. not paginated

George Galway, Fifty years of Australian art 1879-1929, New South Wales, 1929, 61 (illus.).

Lou Klepac, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Hans Heysen / Elioth Gruner / Horace Trennery', pg. 32-47, Sydney, 2002, 32 (colour illus.), 33, 35 (colour illus., detail), 143, 147.

Barry Pearce, The Wynne prize: an Australian landscape tradition, 'Introduction', pg. 6-9, Sydney, 1986, 8 (illus.), 25.

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.).

Ron Radford, Our country: Australian Federation landscape 1900-1914, 'The symbolic landscape', pg. 60-92, Adelaide, 2001, 70, 72, 74 (colour illus.), 173.

Royal Art Society of New South Wales, Royal Art Society of New South Wales 32nd annual exhibition (1911), Sydney, 1911. 22; priced 200 guineas

Bernard Smith, 100 years of Australian painting, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1948, 6. 19

Felicity Watkins, Carter's Homes, Antiques and Collectables, Sydney, Dec 1996-Jan 1997, 75.