Lysterfield landscape, Alan Sumner
  • Artist
    Alan Sumner
  • Born
    1911
  • Died
    1994
  • Title
    Lysterfield landscape
  • Date of Production
    circa 1946
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    53.8 x 66.2 cm
  • Credit Details
    George Crouch Prize, 1948

Alan Sumner

Lysterfield landscape

Alan Sumner, who was to become Director of the National Gallery School in 1953, started out as a stained glass assistant to the early modernist painter William Frater. The first artist to introduce screen printing techniques to Australia, Summer was also a painter. In the late 1940's the area around Upwey and Ferntree Gully, including Lysterfield became one of his favoured weekend painting spots. Like much of his work including his stained glass work, this thinly populated landscape has a strong sense of rhythm and design.

Awarded the Crouch prize in 1948, Lysterfield Landscape was described by the judge, Mr Victor Greenhalgh as "exemplifying the science of picture making…built on sound observation of nature and giving the beholder a greater appreciation of the fundamentals of nature". Here Sumner has captured the light falling across the landscape at a particular moment in time.