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White Gums

WHITE GUMS

Accession ID:

1961.4

Name:

White Gums

Category:

Item

Type:

ArtWork

Maker:

Hans Heysen

Date:

1926

Description

Hans Heysen painted 'White Gums' during a particularly prolific period in his career when he moved to ‘The Cedars’, Hahndorf, in the Adelaide Hills, Heysen built a studio nearby, and the eucalyptus tree quickly became a constant motif in his work. The artist's epic paintings of gum trees portrayed them as heroic, enduring monuments of the Australian landscape. Heysen is credited with being the first artist to make the eucalyptus tree a constant subject in his art. 'White Gums' is an excellent example of Heysen’s portrayal of majestic and monumental gum trees dominating the landscape. Even the draft horses beneath the trees are dwarfed into relative insignificance by the towering giants. The bleached-out colours so typical of the Australian landscape are faithfully recorded with empathy and affection.


History

Burdekin Bequest, Tamworth Regional Gallery.


Significance

Provenance: Bequest of Mr Norman Weekes Burdekin and Mrs Margaretta Emilie Burdekin. Signature: L.L.C. - Hans Heyson, 1926. Secondary inscriptions: No.10 WHITE GUMS, Hans Heyson; Frame to come from S.A. Parker, 6 Swept frame No.10. Address: Norman Burdekin Esquire. Plumthorpe, Barraba. N.S.W. On gum sticker: 1943. Tertiary inscriptions: Gold lable on front of frame centre front. Sir Hans Heyson 'WHITE GUMS' 1926. Historic: Loaned for exhibition in Australia House by the Council of the City of Tamworth, New South Wales


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