Saturday, February 27, 2010

Frederick McCubbin - Petit Dejeuner

Frederick McCubbin (1855-1917) - Petit Dejeuner (1889)
Australia 41c Stamp Issued 1989
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

This painting depicts everyday life in the pioneering times, which was typical of McCubbin's work.  He was one of the leading influences of the Australian impressionist movement, being part of the Heidelberg School of Art in Victoria in the late 1800s.  This is one of his earlier works, before he began to paint in the Australian landscape on the outskirts of Melbourne. 

His more famous works are those that depict everyday pioneering life in the Australian bush.  The people depicted in his paintings modeled in his studio, but they still fitted into the natural bush scenes in a harmonious manner.  On the Wallaby Track has also been depicted on an Australian stamp.  

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