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Arthur Streeton’s brilliant evocations of light, land and sea are among the most enduring and popular paintings for many Australians. His sun-drenched impressionist landscapes from the 1880s, joyful depictions of Sydney Harbour in the 1890s, and pastoral paintings from the 1920s and 1930s continue to define an image of our unique environment.
Streeton presents a fresh look at these much-loved works, enriched by a selection from the artist’s international career in Egypt, England, Italy and WWI France. Streeton’s environmental activism on his return to Australia in the 1920s led to paintings which are prescient of our current highly charged debates on the destruction of the natural world.
This is the most significant Streeton retrospective ever held, and features more than 150 works from public and private collections
including some not exhibited for over 100 years.
Image caption: Early summer – gorse in bloom 1888
(detail), Melbourne. Gift of Mrs Andrew Tennant through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 1982 Art Gallery of South Australia,