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If ever there was an Australian artist that conveyed the romanticism of the Australian rural landscape, it would be the great Sir Hans Heysen. Heysen’s watercolours with their soft tones and clarity of light have immortalised grazing cattle and sheep, the dry tones of the bush, and the stateliness of the gum tree as Australian icons.
Born in 1877 in Germany, and then migrating to Australia, Heysen went on to become a phenomenally successful artist and holds the record of winning the prestigious Wynne Prize for landscape painting an impressive nine times. The timeless appeal of Heysen’s landscapes lingers to this day with Australian collectors feeling a deep nostalgic and patriotic connection to his scenes.
This beautiful work depicts the Adelaide Hills near Heysen’s home “The Cedars” at Hahndorf. The Cedars immortalises, as a living museum, Heysen’s life and creativity. Also of note for this piece is the beautiful presentation in a stunning antique frame that has been hand-gilded with gold leaf, adding another element of prestige to this collectable and classically beautiful work.