An image of On the wallaby track

Frederick McCubbin

(Australia 25 Feb 1855 – 20 Dec 1917)

On the wallaby track

Other titles:
In the bush
19th c Australian art
Further information

With an evident empathy for rural labouring life, and a nationalist message, this much-admired painting by a principal member of the Heidelberg group was painted close to the artist's Melbourne home, using his family as models. Key influences for Frederick McCubbin at this time included the academic naturalism of Bastien-Lepage and the new focus on everyday subjects by leading French Barbizon school artists Corot and Millet. The title of the painting - 'On the wallaby track' - was a term used for itinerant workers roaming the bush on the fringes of properties looking for work.

oil on canvas
122.0 x 223.5 cm stretcher; 119.5 x 221.0 sight edge; 176.5 x 278.0 x 10.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown oil "F McCubbin/ 1896".
Purchased 1897
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