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“The Spirit of the Drought” by Arthur Streeton

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“The Spirit of the Drought” by Arthur Streeton depicts a common theme in the work of the artist associated with the Symbolist movement of the 1880s and 1890s. Symbolist art drew inspiration from dreams, fantasies, poems and ideas, rather than reality. “Hot Wind” by Charles Conder is similar in its symbolism.

Arthur Streeton was an Australian landscape painter and leading member of the Heidelberg School, also known as Australian Impressionism. Streeton’s works can be found in many of the major Australian galleries and museums including the National Gallery, London. Where it can be found alongside major impressionist works by Claude Monet and Edouard Manet.

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

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Essential Facts:

  • Title:               The Spirit of the Drought
  • Artist:             Arthur Streeton
  • Year:               1896
  • Medium:         Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:   34.7 h x 37.2 w cm
  • Museum:        National Gallery of Australia

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Essential Facts about the Artist:

  • Artist:           Arthur Ernest Streeton
  • Born:            1867 – Mount Duneed, Victoria, Australia
  • Died:             1943 (aged 76) – Olinda, Victoria, Australia
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Movement:   Heidelberg School
  • Major Paintings:

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” Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.” Australian Proverb

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Photo Credits: 1) By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons