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.