Hans Heysen | Australia, 1877-1968 | Sewing (the artist's wife) 1913 | oil on canvas | 59.0 x 64.0 cm | Collection: The Cedars, The Hans Heysen Estate, Hahndorf, South Australia
31 July – 24 October 2010 | Gallery 4, QAG
One of Australia’s greatest artists, Hans Heysen (1877–1968), is celebrated with this major retrospective featuring over 70 works created over the artist’s 70-year career.
Hans Heysen was one of those rare artists who changed the way we view the Australian landscape. In addition to his iconic ‘gum tree’ paintings, the exhibition takes a fresh look at Heysen’s lesser-known themes. It traces his development from his early student days painting in Europe from 1899 to 1903, including images of Paris and Venice, to the revelation of barren landscapes and ancient mountain forms in the Flinders Ranges from 1926.
Born in Germany in 1877, Hans Heysen emigrated to Adelaide with his family at the age of seven. After four years studying in Europe at the turn of the century, Heysen embarked on one of the most successful careers in Australian art.
Opening Weekend Talks
Saturday 31 July
Tour the exhibition with, Curator, Rebecca Andrews (Associate Curator, Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia).
Join Angela Goddard (Curator, Australian Art to 1970, Queensland Art Gallery) for insights into the exhibition.
Free. No bookings required. Please meet at the exhibition entrance.
11.30am Thursday 23 September
Presented by David Carter, Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland
Volunteer Guided Tours
Daily | 11.00am
Meet your guide at the Melbourne Street information desk, QAG.
Tour for hearing-impaired visitors
10.00am | Friday 24 September
Assistive listening devices (FM system) are available for visitors with a hearing impairment. As the number of devices is limited, bookings are essential. To book, call the Education Bookings Office on (07)3840 7255 between 8.30am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Auslan-interpreted tour for Deaf visitors
3.00pm | Sunday 26 September
Meet your guide at the Melbourne Street information desk, QAG. No bookings required.