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

  • Australia from 1884
  • Europe, England 1899-1903

The promenade 1953 Place made: Hahndorf, South Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Dimensions: 106.7 h x 76.2 w cm Frame 100.5 h x 130.0 w x 5.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1959
Accession No: NGA 59.22
Image rights: © Hans Heysen. Licensed by Viscopy
  • Heysen’s fascination with turkeys began when the postmistress at Hahndorf sent him some bronzewing turkey eggs.  To his surprise, when they hatched many of the chicks turned out to be white, which was a rare occurrence.  These birds eventually became known as Heysen’s turkeys, after the drawings and woodcuts by Lionel Lindsay.[1] Their unusual white-and-bronze colour combinations inspired Heysen to paint a series of pictures.

    In 1953 Heysen was commissioned to paint a version in oil for the Commonwealth Collection, which he titled The promenade.

    Rebecca Andrews

    © Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2008
    Andrews, Hans Heysen, exhibition book, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2008, p 82

    [1] David Dridan, The art of Hans Heysen, Adelaide: Rigby, 1966, text accompanying cat 30

    Source: Hans Heysen exhibition website

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra