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Arthur Streeton (revisited)

Arthur Streeton
Arthur Streeton was an Australian landscape artist active in the late 19th and early 20 centuries. Like the American Impressionists working at the same time, Streeton and other painters in Australia were influenced by the new approach to painting pioneered by the French Impressionists, but took the influence and went their own way, creating unique and individualistic interpretations of the Australian landscape.

Streeton was the core member of a group or artists that gathered to paint a Eaglemont camp in Heidleberg, Victoria, near Melbourne. Streeton also traveled in England and Europe, painting scenes in London and Venice and was an official war artist during WW I.

His paintings are among the most highly regarded in Australian art, and his work, though not well known in general outside Australia, has been influential on a number of artists.

I particularly enjoy his use of uncommon canvas proportions, some of which are dramatically horizontal or vertical.


5 responses to “Arthur Streeton (revisited)”

  1. Eric Kelly Avatar

    Wow, he was really good. Thanks for sharing — had never heard of him before. I particularly admire his use of dramatic contrast.

  2. Lovely work. The second painting is a view of Corfe Castle which is about 5 miles from where I live on the south coast of England.

  3. Charlie, this post just made my day. Can’t believe he’s not a superstar!?

    1. cparker Avatar

      Thanks, Kan. Maybe he is, in Australia. Here in the U.S. we hear mostly about artists from our own country and Europe, but not so much the rest of the globe.

  4. Fantastic work! Love the way he blocked things out. On some of his paintings it looks like he threw dirt on them or he had a dirty brush?