An image of Morning light

Elioth Gruner

(New Zealand, Australia 16 Dec 1882 – 17 Oct 1939)

Morning light

Other titles:
The morning light
Not on display
Further information

Often regarded as the last of the Australian impressionists, Elioth Gruner established his reputation as perhaps the country’s most accomplished and lyrical painter of light. While working as a draper’s assistant at Farmer’s department store, Gruner studied at Julian Ashton’s Sydney Art School, eventually becoming Ashton’s assistant at the school in 1914.

Early in his career, Gruner became inspired by influential Melbourne-based artist and tonal theorist Max Meldrum. The broken brushwork in the fore-ground of 'Morning light' also reflects the influence of E Phillips Fox, as well as the modernist experiments of his younger contemporaries Roland Wakelin and Grace Cossington Smith.

'Morning light' was awarded the 1916 Wynne Prize and immediately purchased by the trustees. It was the first work by Gruner to enter its collection. The work is hailed as the high point of Gruner’s Emu Plains series of 1915–19 and is one of his greatest masterpieces.

Place of origin
Emu Plains, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
oil on canvas on cardboard
40.6 x 45.1 cm board; 51.8 x 56.9 x 5.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, black (oil?) "E. GRÜNER/1916".

Purchased 1916
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