Under the burden and heat of the day, David  Davies
  • Artist
    David Davies
  • Born
  • Died
  • Title
    Under the burden and heat of the day
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    1172 x 1681 mm
  • Credit Details
    Gift of James Oddie, 1891

David Davies

Under the burden and heat of the day

Born in Ballarat, David Davies studied at the Ballarat School of Design and the National Gallery School, Melbourne before venturing overseas to study at the Julian Academy. It was the purchase of this painting by James Oddie, after it was the runner up in the National Gallery School Travelling Scholarship,  that enabled Davies to continue his studies overseas at the Academie Julian in Paris in 1890. Oddie gave the work to the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery one year later.

In Under the burden and the heat of the day Davies has captured the fierce heat and white light of the Australian summer as a boundary rider offers water to a fallen bushman or swagman who has fallen exhausted beside a dried up waterhole. Clewin Harcourt, a colleague and friend of Davies, noted that the artist saw "beauty and character in the parched grass and  shimmering heated air….and rendered it with truth and delicacy of tone".