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“Child in The Bush” by Frederick McCubbin

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“Child in The Bush” by Frederick McCubbin is a painting that revisited a central theme in his work focused on narratives of vulnerable children stranded in the bush. This painting depicts a young girl wandering through the bush carrying a basket, collecting wildflowers or berries. Her white dress stands out in her surrounds.  The landscape was close to McCubbin’s residence at Mount Macedon and the child in the image was the artist’s youngest daughter.

McCubbin has made masterful use of a palette knife to apply flecks of green, blue and tan, pink and violet colours. McCubbin was an Australian painter and prominent member of the Heidelberg School art movement, also known as Australian Impressionism.

Among the many masterpieces in the National Gallery of Australia the following are highlights:


Essential Facts:

  • Title:               Child in The Bush
  • Artist:             Frederick McCubbin
  • Year:               1913
  • Medium:         Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:   50.8 (h) x 76.2 (w) cm
  • Museum:        National Gallery of Australia


Essential Facts about the Artist:

  • Artist:           Frederick McCubbin
  • Born:             1855 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Died               1917 (aged 62) – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Major Paintings:


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Photo Credits: 1) By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons