Kyneton, Victoria, Australia 1861 – Surrey Hills, Melbourne, Australia 1940
The old shed
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas
Most students who trained in Australia’s art schools during the late nineteenth century and the Federation years were women, yet few of the strongest among them achieved recognition. The characteristic bohemian Australian artist was male; for a woman to pursue a painting career generally required the encouragement and financial support of her family.
Clara Southern was associated with the Australian Impressionists during the 1890s and sometimes accompanied her contemporaries on day trips to Heidelberg for plein air painting. Southern later settled in the semi-rural Victorian region of Warrandyte, where she painted gentle impressions of country life that won her acclaim in the Federation years.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013
From: Miriam kelly, Capital & Country: The Federation Years 1900 – 1913, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013