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E. Phillips FOX

Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia 1865 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1915

  • Europe, England 1887-92
  • England, Europe 1901-1913

Harvesting [The corn field] c.1900 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Primary Insc: signed lower right in green oil, 'E. Phillips Fox'. not dated.
Tertiary Insc: ' 159 ' in chalk verso
Dimensions: 49.0 h x 120.7 w cm framed (overall) 625 h x 1343 w x 60 d mm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.220

E. Phillips Fox first became interested in Impressionism while living in Europe in the 1880s. He sought to embrace what he described as the Impressionists’ ‘very fine, very true feeling for nature’; stating later in his career that ‘one must go to nature to learn, as before nature one is objective ...’

Fox found that his European-influenced impressions of the Australian landscape were generally well received. However, as they were out of keeping with current trends in realism, colour palette and an increasing national sentiment, Australia’s major public galleries did not acquire them. Fox left Australian again in 1901, not returning permanently until 1913.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013
From: Miriam kelly, Capital & Country: The Federation Years 1900 – 1913, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013