Arthur Streeton (1867–1943), painter, grew up in Geelong and Melbourne and attended night classes at the National Gallery School between 1882 and 1887. In 1886, he met Frederick McCubbin and Tom Roberts, who admired his paintings and invited him to join one of their painting camps on the outskirts of Melbourne. With Roberts, McCubbin and Charles Conder, Streeton was a core member of the group of landscape artists known as the ‘Heidelberg School’. In 1889 he painted Golden Summer, Eaglemont and exhibited 40 works – mostly painted on cedar cigar-box lids – in the ‘9 x 5 Impressions’ exhibition in Melbourne. He moved to Sydney the following year and lived for a time with Roberts and others in a harbourside bush camp near Mosman. Over the next several years, Streeton painted the ‘great, gold plains’, the harbour and pioneer scenes including the hot, bright Fire’s on (1891). Streeton went to England in 1897 and remained there until 1923. He continued to paint landscapes on his return to Australia and became the art critic for the Argus in the late 1920s.
Accession number: 2001.169
More about the artist and subject
Magazine article, Portrait 42
Sarah Engledow is seduced by the portraits and the connections between the artists and their subjects in the exhibition Impressions: Painting light and life.
Painting light and life
Impressions: Painting light and life presents portraits by, and of, artists at the heart of Australian impressionism including Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Frederick McCubbin.
Permanent collection catalogue
On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.