Obstruction, Box Hill, Jane Sutherland
  • Artist
    Jane Sutherland
  • Born
    1855
  • Died
    1928
  • Title
    Obstruction, Box Hill
  • Date of Production
    1887
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    41.3 x 31.1 cm
  • Credit Details
    L.J. Wilson Bequest Fund, 1976

Jane Sutherland

Obstruction, Box Hill

One of the first professional women artists in Australia and probably the best known woman artist associated with the Heidelberg School, Jane Sutherland studied at the National Gallery School and at one time shared a studio with Clara Southern.

Praised for her use of clear tones, and forms and ability to capture the natural effects seen in the Australian landscape, many of Sutherland's works focus on daily activities or  featured children in the landscape. Obstruction, Box Hill is no exception.  Painted in the same small town on the eastern edge of Melbourne where Tom Roberts and Frederick McCubbin had established an artists' camp in 1885,  Obstruction… depicts a small girl gazing across at a cow that stands facing her from the other side of the fence.