An image of On the Murrumbidgee

Elioth Gruner

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

On the Murrumbidgee

20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

The sweeping mountainscapes of Gruner and Heysen of the 1920s were symbolic expressions of a pastoral utopia in which a purism of form - 'the simplification and reduction to essentials' - which evolved from the modernism of Europe, was adopted to suggest the spirit and essence of the landscape.

Gruner's work became more severe in form and outline during this period, emphasising subtle harmonies of tone and colour and creating a feeling of stability and permanence, in contrast to his previous explorations into the evanescence of light and colour.

"Form becomes of equal consideration with light, and his work is now more carefully organised, extremely simple, less immediate in direct emotional appeal, but infinitely more pictorial. Gruner has substituted the science of picture making for the science of painting light, preserving, however, that sense of light which made his earlier pictures remarkable ...".
Basil Burdett, 1929

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001

This painting won the Wynne Prize in 1929 and was acquired by the Gallery in 1930.

oil on canvas
101.6 x 123.2 cm stretcher; 131.5 x 152.5 x 12.0 cm frame :
0 - Whole; 100.5 x 121.8 cm; SIGHT DIMENSION
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, grey oil "GRUNER/ 1929".

Purchased 1930
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