Land of the Golden Fleece— Arthur Streeton in the Western District

Geelong Gallery is delighted to announce its major exhibition for 2016 as Land of the Golden Fleece—Arthur Streeton in the Western District to be presented from 27 February to 13 June.

Art Exhibition previously on at Geelong Gallery in Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 27 February 2016 to Monday 13 June 2016

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Published by Geelong Gallery on Tuesday 08 December 2015.
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Bringing together works by one of Australia’s foremost and much-loved artists, the exhibition will focus on Arthur Streeton’s landscape paintings of Victoria’s Western District, and associated coastal vistas, from the years 1920 to 1932 and following the artist’s return from an extended period in Europe. Whilst several of Streeton’s paintings from these years may be familiar to some visitors, it is envisaged that these vividly coloured and virtuoso works will, collectively, be a revelation for audiences.

The exhibition will be configured around a narrative sequence tracing the various Victorian (Western District) locations frequented by the artist during this phase of his career. Groupings will therefore include paintings of Lorne (1920–21), Port Campbell (1932), Dunkeld, Halls Gap and the Grampians generally.

About Arthur Streeton—
Undoubtedly one of Australia’s most significant painters, Arthur Streeton was born in 1867 in Mount Duneed, near Geelong. He came to prominence alongside fellow Australian Impressionist painters including Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and Charles Conder in the 9 × 5 Impressions exhibition of 1889. In 1891, the painting Golden summer, Eaglemont (1889) was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and hung ‘on the line’ to widespread acclaim. Between 1897 and 1923 Streeton lived in London visiting France and Italy, and making return trips to Australia where he staged successful exhibitions of his work and re-engaged with the Australian landscape. He was appointed an official Australian war artist during the First World War. After returning permanently to Australia in 1923 Streeton continued painting grand Australian vistas as well as more intimate subjects such as still-life compositions and his own garden in the Melbourne suburb of Toorak. He retired to Olinda, in the Dandenong Ranges, in 1938, where he died on 1 September 1943.