Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia 1865 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1915
[The corn field] c.1900
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas
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