- circa 1893
- Media category
- Materials used
- oil on canvas
- 61.0 x 112.0 cm; 81.1 x 131.5 x 13.0 cm frame
- Signature & date
Signed l.l 'J. Sutherland'. Not dated.
- Gift of Mark & Louise Nelson. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2022
- Grand Courts
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Jane Sutherland was a pioneering artist of the late 19th century. She was the only female member of the so-called Heidelberg group and with colleagues including Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin and Walter Withers took part in the now infamous plein air expeditions that established a school of impressionist-inspired painting in Australia.
Sutherland shared with her male colleagues a passion for painting the local environment; for detailing the distinct colours, ambience and feel of being immersed in the bush, but had to work hard to achieve this vision. Unlike her male counterparts who camped in the bush on weekends, Sutherland was bound by social convention to limit her expeditions to day trips, travel between city and surrounds with her painter’s baggage during daylight hours and move through the bushlands with her restrictive clothing. This sense of struggle does not translate in the ambient tranquillity of her paintings.
'After autumn rains' is an exceptional painting in Sutherland’s relatively small oeuvre. The pastel-hued colour scheme, dotted with vivid pinks and blues, beautifully evokes a misty landscape after rain. The brushy paintwork in the foreground and in the trees on the horizon line to the left is further suggestive of the softness of the land after an autumn shower. Such poeticising painting techniques are signatures of Sutherland’s style. In 1888 'The Argus' noted this ‘clever vagueness’ in her work and the ‘general indistinctiveness of all the objects in the landscape’, hallmarks of the impressionist painting style.
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Winter Exhibition, Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne, 20 Apr 1893–20 Apr 1893
Victorian Artists Society Exhibition of Australian Art, Past and Present, National Gallery of Victoria [Swanston Street], Melbourne, 10 Aug 1893–10 Aug 1893
Sutherland, The Victorian College of the Arts Gallery, South Bank, 08 Sep 1977–30 Sep 1977
Australian Impressionism, Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne, 31 Mar 2007–08 Jul 2007
Grand Courts Collection Rehang, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Nov 2021–2025