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Clara Southern

A cool corner


  • Artist
    Clara Southern
  • Born
    1860
  • Died
    1940
  • Title
    A cool corner
  • Date of Production
    c. 1918
  • Medium
    Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    76.5 x 61.4 cm
  • Credit Details
    Gift of J.T. Tweddle, 1937

The Yarra River with wattle trees in full bloom was a favourite subject of the artist Clara Southern who studied at the National Gallery Art School from 1883-87. Here in A cool corner it is the yellow of the wattles that not only attracts the attention of the viewer but also draws one into the intimately observed landscape.

Painted at Warrandyte, where she established an artist's colony in 1908, this tranquil scene with its soft grey blues and greens and quietly flowing river, embodies a sensitivity for the poetry and mysticism of the Australian bush for which Clara Southern is much admired.