Hamburg, Germany 1877 – Mt Barker, South Australia, Australia 1968
not titled [Petrel Cove].
Petrel Cove, Victor Harbor, South Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, watercolours, painting in watercolour over drawing in black pencil Support: paper mounted on cardboard
For two weeks in August 1925, after the death of their third daughter, Heysen and his family visited the resort town of Victor Harbor, on the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide. Here, he painted the watercolour Petrel Cove. Sitting on the grass of the saddle of The Bluff at Rosetta Head Heysen painted this winter landscape looking south-west across Petrel Cove towards King Head and Newland Head. Writing to Lionel Lindsay in late 1925 he enthused: ‘You would love the grandeur of this coastline, could you but see it, with something barren and primitive in the contour of the land’.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra