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Title

Stalagmites, Burragalong Cavern

(1843)

Artist

Conrad Martens

England, Australia

21 Mar 1801 – 21 Aug 1878

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Alternate image of Stalagmites, Burragalong Cavern by Conrad Martens
Alternate image of Stalagmites, Burragalong Cavern by Conrad Martens
Alternate image of Stalagmites, Burragalong Cavern by Conrad Martens
Alternate image of Stalagmites, Burragalong Cavern by Conrad Martens
Alternate image of Stalagmites, Burragalong Cavern by Conrad Martens
Alternate image of Stalagmites, Burragalong Cavern by Conrad Martens
  • Details

    Other Title
    Interior, Burrangalong Cave
    Date
    (1843)
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on cardboard
    Dimensions
    40.6 x 53.3 cm board; 54.0 x 67.0 x 5.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed verso, ink ".../ .../ .../ Conrad Martens".

    Credit
    Purchased 1964
    Location
    Grand Courts
    Accession number
    OA1.1964
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Conrad Martens

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    Works in the collection

    37

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  • About

    In 1843 Sydney was hit by an economic depression that depleted Conrad Martens of his painting commissions. He used the break in regular work to seek new artistic adventures. Hearing of their ‘discovery’ in 1843, Martens travelled west of the Blue Mountains to paint at Burrangalong Cavern (now known as Abercrombie Caves) near Bathurst in New South Wales.

    'Stalagmites, Burragalong Cavern' reflects Martens’ feelings for this spectacular world which he claimed as his ‘romantic abode’. He experimented with a new style, distanced from his well-versed picturesque mode, to describe his encounter with a mysterious geological world and the speculations of infinite time that it aroused. Martens was so taken by the experience that he painted himself and his work in progress on the easel in the composition, declaring the novel occurrence of painting outdoors.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

Other works by Conrad Martens

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