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Letters from Smike: The letters of Arthur Streeton, 1890-1943

Streeton, Arthur, Sir, 1867-1943 ; Galbally, Ann | Gray, Anne, 1947- (eds.)
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First Edition. 224 p. : ill., facsims., ports. ; 27 cm.  #271121

Sir Arthur Ernest Streeton (8 April 1867 – 1 September 1943) was an Australian landscape painter and leading member of the Heidelberg School, also known as Australian Impressionism.

Streeton was born in Mt Moriac, Victoria, south-west of Geelong, on 8 April 1867 the fourth child of Charles Henry and Mary (née Johnson) Streeton. His family moved to Richmond in 1874.[1] His parents had met on the voyage from England in 1854.[2] In 1882, Streeton commenced art studies with G. F. Folingsby at the National Gallery School.[3] On 2 June 1890, he sailed to Sydney, and stayed there with his sister in the suburb of Summer Hill. [4]

Streeton was influenced by French Impressionism and the works of J.M.W. Turner. During this time he began his association with fellow artists Frederick McCubbin and Tom Roberts – at Melbourne including at Box Hill and Heidelberg. In 1885 Streeton presented his first exhibition at the Victorian Academy of Art. He found employment as an apprentice lithographer under Charles Troedel.[5]

Along with other members of the Chelsea Arts Club, including Tom Roberts, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps (British Army) at the age of 48. He worked at the 3rd London General Hospital in Wandsworth and reached the rank of corporal.

Mount St Quentin, oil-on-canvas, completed in 1918

Streeton was made an Australian Official War Artist with the Australian Imperial Force, holding the rank of Honorary Lieutenant, and he travelled to France on 14 May 1918 and was attached to the 2nd Division, receiving his movement order on 8 May 1918. He worked in France, with a break in August, until October 1918.[15][16] Expected by the Commonwealth to produce sketches and drawings that were “descriptive”, Streeton concentrated on the landscape of the scenes of war and did not attempt to convey the human suffering. Unlike the more famous military art depicting the definitive moments of battle, Streeton produced “military still life”, capturing the everyday moments of the war. Streeton explained what was at that time an unconventional point of view – a perspective which was based in experience:

Streeton, Arthur, Sir, 1867-1943 — Correspondence.  |  Painters — Australia — Correspondence.

Additional Information

AuthorStreeton, Arthur, Sir, 1867-1943 ; Galbally, Ann | Gray, Anne, 1947- (eds.)
Number of pages224 p. : ill., facsims., ports. ; 27 cm.
PublisherOxford University Press, Melbourne
Year Published1989 First Edition
Binding Type

Hardcover in Dustjacket

Book Condition

Near Fine

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