Sir Hans Heysen


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(b Hamburg, 8 Oct. 1877; d Mount Barker, nr. Adelaide, 2 July 1968).

German-born Australian landscape painter in oils and watercolour. His family emigrated to Australia when he was 6 and he worked mainly in or near Adelaide. Robert Hughes (The Art of Australia, 1970) writes: ‘Heysen's large body of work was immensely popular; it has most of the textbook virtues and, for many years, no Australian business firm was considered quite solid unless it had a Heysen in its boardroom…The only deficiency of his art is that it has no imagination…He was, in fact, the Alfred Munnings of the gum-tree.’ His work is represented in all Australian state galleries and many provincial galleries.

Subjects: Art — Australasian and Pacific History.

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