An image of The hill of the creeping shadow

Hans Heysen

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

The hill of the creeping shadow

Other titles:
The Hill of the Creeping Shadow, Flinders Ranges
Not on display
Further information

Hans Heysen first visited the Flinders Ranges in South Australia in 1926 and made numerous subsequent visits, producing a large number of drawings, watercolours and paintings of the area. Drawn to the dry, ancient land, so different to the bush and beachscapes and lyrical pastoral scenes usually depicted by Australian landscape artists at the time, Heysen was one of the first non-Aboriginal artists to create and exhibit a significant body of works of the Australian desert interior. His well-promoted images of the outback with its intense red and ochre colours and austere geological formations helped to introduce new meanings of the Australian landscape to the public, most of whom had never seen the country’s interior.

'It was in the Flinders Ranges that I was made curiously conscious of a very old land where the primitive forces of Nature were constantly evident. The barren hillsides, incised and torn by Nature’s forces, hold a peculiar attraction… It is a land for the draughtsman, and yet at times, it is also magnificently rich and varied in depths of colour and its range of colour schemes.'
Hans Heysen 1932

This work was a finalist in the 1929 Wynne Prize and was acquired by the Gallery in 1929.

oil on canvas
66.0 x 92.0 cm stretcher; 88.8 x 114.3 x 8.2 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown oil "HANS HEYSEN/ 1929".

Purchased 1929
Accession number
© C Heysen