Hans Heysen is another of those wonderful turn of the 20th century Australian artists that we just don’t hear enough about here in the U.S.
Born in Germany, Heysen came to Australia with his parents at the age of 7. He studied in Australia and for four year, in Europe.
He worked in oil, charcoal and was a printmaker, but is renowned for his watercolors. Though his subjects included still life, figures and landscapes of many kinds, Heysen is known primarily for his luminous, beautifully handled scenes that incorporate the wonderful gum trees native to Australia.
You can see his influence on contemporary Australian painters like John McCartin.
There appear to be only a few sources online for images of Heysen’s work. The largest images I could find are on the National Gallery of Victoria and the Christies auction site. Images on the Art Gallery of New South Wales website are not as large, but still good sized. The Art Gallery of South Australia has a wide selection of images, though they are not large (scroll down on that page, if link doesn’t work, try a search).
There is a collection of his work from 2008 that may be available used.
[Via Making a Mark]
2 Replies to “Hans Heysen”
Charley, nice to see some of Hans Heysen’s work on Lines and Colors, if you find time don’t forget to look up Nora, his youngest daughter, Australia’s first official female war artist, Archibald prize winner, regards, Danny
Thanks, Danny. Will do.
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