An image of Dry lagoon

J J Hilder

(Australia 23 Jul 1881 – Apr 1916)

Dry lagoon

Other titles:
The dry lagoon
Not on display
Further information

J J Hilder was a noted watercolourist, greatly admired by his peers. Lionel Lindsay wrote a tribute following Hilder's premature death from consumption in 1916:

"Hilder’s is the romance of colour, and for him the eye is sole and final arbiter. His method was one of elimination. Like Cotman, [British watercolourist John Sell Cotman 1782-1842] he added nothing to nature, but he subtracted much ... within the limits of a few square inches of paper he is a master, commanding his vision with ease and delicacy, and, with a rare and individual mind, stating that vision in terms of originality and beauty".

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001

pencil, watercolour on ivory wove paper
66.2 x 99.1 cm sheet; 92.5 x 123.3 x 4.7 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., blue/grey watercolour, "J.J.HILDER/ 1911".
Purchased 1911
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