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Frederick McCUBBIN

Australia 1855 – 1917

Flood waters 1913 Title Notes: (Rainbow over the Yarra)
Place made: South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right in black oil, 'F. McCubbin 1913'
Dimensions: 92.5 h x 182.0 w cm framed (overall) 1120 h x 2016 w x 135 d mm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 73.532

Frederick McCubbin spent extended periods in the bush on the outskirts of Melbourne. In 1901 he established a home and rural retreat for his family at Mount Macedon, where he painted at weekends. McCubbin’s understanding of the bush and sophisticated personal response to his surroundings are evoked in his paintings from the Federation era.

Flood waters was inspired by a view over the Yarra River from the property neighbouring McCubbin’s home at this time. In 1916 he noted that it ‘is precisely the pictures of things familiar to us, of homely subjects … which most appeal to us and more often therefore rise to true greatness’.


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