(Germany, Australia, France 08 Oct 1877 – 02 Jul 1968)
The coming home
- 19th c Australian art
- Further information
Hans Heysen’s choice of subject in 'The coming home' reflects his love and reverence for nature and rural life. He took inspiration from the landscape and labours of local farmers near his home in Adelaide and, later, Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. Suffused with golden light, this gentle image of cattle being herded evokes a European pastoral ideal. Made soon after his studies in Paris at the turn of the century, it reveals the influence of the work of John Constable and the painters of the French Barbizon school, whom Heysen particularly admired.
- oil on canvas
- 106.4 x 184.5 cm stretcher; 141.8 x 223.6 x 12.5 cm frame
0 - Whole; 101.5 x 182.4 cm; SIGHT DIMENSION
- Signature & date
- Signed and dated l.l., brown oil "H HEYSEN./ 1904".
- Purchased 1904
- Accession number
- © C Heysen