Duneed, Victoria, Australia 1867 – Olinda, Victoria, Australia 1943
View of Hampstead Heath from Jack Straw's Castle
[(English landscape)] c.1901-8
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas
Arthur Streeton left for London in 1897, his head filled with the successes of his Australian Impressionist landscapes of the 1880s and 1890s. Streeton continued to paint the landscape, despite the dominance of portraiture and figure painting in Europe, inspired by the nineteenth-century Romantic landscape painters J.M.W. Turner and John Constable.
Streeton journeyed in the footsteps of these artists, painting in similar locales including Hampstead Heath on the outskirts of London. He once described the view over the Heath as like looking across the sea. In this work, Streeton conveys the rich blue-green slopes in tones muted by Turneresque effects of sunlight filtering through fog.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013
From: Miriam kelly, Capital & Country: The Federation Years 1900 – 1913, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013