Bushfire (also known as 'Bush fire between Mount Elephant and Timboon 1857', Eugene von Guerard
  • Artist
    Eugene von Guerard
  • Born
    1811
  • Died
    1901
  • Title
    Bushfire (also known as 'Bush fire between Mount Elephant and Timboon 1857'
  • Date of Production
    1859
  • Medium
    oil on canvas mounted on board
  • Dimensions
    34.8 x 56.3 cm
  • Credit Details
    Gift of Lady Currie in memory of her husband, the late Sir Alan Currie, 1948

Eugene von Guerard

Bushfire (also known as 'Bush fire between Mount Elephant and Timboon 1857'

One of the most important Australian landscape painters of the 1850's and 60's, Eugene von Guerard travelled extensively throughout Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia after resuming his career as a artist in 1854.  One of these trips was to Western Victoria with its mix of pastoral and ancient volcanic landscapes where Eugene von Guerard  witnessed a bushfire.  Painted in 1859 from sketches made at Meningoort, Bushfire is one of the few oils by Eugene von Guerard that depicts the destructive force of nature.

Struck by the size and the devastation of the fire as it swept at an amazing speed across the landscape, von Guerard has captured the wall of flame accompanied by large plumes of smoke as it stretched along 30 kms of the horizon between Mt Elephant and 'Timboon' now known as Camperdown.

Bushfire has also been known as 'Bush fire between Mount Elephant and Timboon 1857'. As per the conventions used within art museums the title used is the one which the work was first exhibited. Recent research conducted by the National Gallery of Victoria revealed that Bushfire was the original title. 

It is this painting that the artist Imants Tillers was to use as the basis for his Model of Reality some 150 years later.