Autumn (also known as "Eaglemont"), Arthur Streeton
  • Artist
    Arthur Streeton
  • Born
    1867
  • Died
    1943
  • Title
    Autumn (also known as "Eaglemont")
  • Date of Production
    1889
  • Medium
    oil on canvas mounted on board
  • Dimensions
    40.1 x 775 m
  • Credit Details
    Purchased, 1948

Arthur Streeton

Autumn (also known as "Eaglemont")

Athur Streeton, one of the founding members of the Heidleberg School of painters, is probably best known for his panoramic vistas of the Australian landscape.  Also known as Eaglemont, because of the artists' inscription on the lower left, this work was exhibited under the title of Autumn in the May exhibition of Victorian Artists' Society in 1889.    At some stage before its acquisition in 1948, the image was cut into two smaller scenes, but the decision to make two paintings out of one appears to have been reversed.

Autumn is one of Streeton's early works and one of the few paintings by him that features a woman at work.  The artist, who acknowledged that both painting and poetry were inspired by the landscape and sometimes titled his paintings after works by his favourite poets, probably named the painting after Keats' ode 'To Autumn'.

Although described in the Argus 4 May 1889, p12 as "An orchard so vague and formless as to present nothing but rude suggestions  of things in lieu of definite outline and accurate drawing," it was also recognised as having "a sense of space and a feeling of heat".