Yarra Flats: Golden Summer

Arthur Streeton was born in Duneed Victoria, not far from my home town, in 1867.  A prominent member of the Heidelberg School of Australian Impressionists, he depicted scenes like this one: Golden Summer (1889), that hangs in the National Gallery of Australia, in his early career.

He became official war artist during the first world war and travelled to France in 1918. But instead of depicting images of war and suffering he concentrated on the landscape. “True pictures of battlefields are very quiet looking things. There’s nothing much to be seen, everybody and thing is hidden and camouflaged.”

Yarra Flats (2016): Golden Summer
Yarra Flats (2016): Golden Summer

© Gary Light
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