An image of The coming home

Hans Heysen

(Germany, Australia, France 08 Oct 1877 – 02 Jul 1968)

The coming home

Location
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.

Year
1904
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
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".
Credit
Purchased 1904
Accession number
5733
Copyright
© C Heysen