An image of Lilium Auratum

Arthur Streeton

(Australia, England, Australia 08 Apr 1867 – 01 Sep 1943)

Lilium Auratum

Other titles:
Lilies
Location
Not on display
Further information

Renowned for his iconic vision of Australian pastoral landscapes, Arthur Streeton produced few flower paintings in his early career. From 1920 onward, however, he painted numerous still life works depicting cut flowers, including 'Lilium Auratum', displaying his interest in the traditional artistic concerns of the genre.

Streeton painted this still life over an earlier landscape study for 'The Gloucester Buckets' (1894), which is currently on display in the 19th century Australian Galleries at AGNSW. Taking the sweeping landscape study, he turned the long narrow canvas ninety degrees and painted 'Lilium Auratum'. Faint glimpses of Streeton's brilliant blue sky can still be seen on the right hand side of the painting, beneath the rich dark background of the still life.

Year
1933
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas on hardboard
Dimensions
134.2 x 85.0 cm board; 159.2 x 108.5 x 6.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.l., brown paint "A. STREETON". Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Mr Frank Rickwood in memory of Justin Robert Rainey (1924-1985) 1995
Accession number
137.1995