Hans HEYSEN, not titled [The clearing, early morning]. Enlarge 1 /1


Hamburg, Germany 1877 – Mt Barker, South Australia, Australia 1968

  • Australia from 1884
  • Europe, England 1899-1903

not titled [The clearing, early morning]. 1919 Place made: Hahndorf, South Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, watercolours, painting in watercolour over charcoal and black pencil Support: paper

Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right in watercolour, 'Hans Heysen / 1919'. not titled.
Dimensions: image 47.8 h x 62.8 w cm sheet 47.8 h x 62.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra bequest of Sir James McGregor, 1974
Accession No: NGA 74.149
Image rights: © Hans Heysen. Licensed by Viscopy
  • Collection of of Sir James McGregor (1898 - 1978)
  • Bequest to the Commonwealth Art Advisorary Board (C.A.A.B.), from Sir James McGregor, 1974.

‘The subtlety of a light-coloured tree against light was the problem. To get the weight of that tree—its character and strength—and yet retain the light surrounding it, playing around the tree. And a feeling of sunlight throughout the whole. I often wondered how I could retain a feeling of a very light trunk against a very light landscape, and make it look as if it were growing and solid ... Nature doesn’t deal in pure colours, out of a tube. The colours are mixed with atmosphere.’

Hans Heysen, 1966–67

Source: Hans Heysen exhibition website

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra