Born in 1918 of Norwegian and Spanish parents, Leon William Hanson studied privately. He painted full time since World War II, holding exhibitions in all state capitals. One of his drawings is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Was an Australian art movement of the late 19th century. The movement has latterly been described as.The name refers to the then rural area of Heidelberg east of Melbourne where practitioners of the style found their subject matter, though usage expanded to cover other Australian artists working in similar areas. The core group painted there on several occasions at "artist's camps" in the late 1880s and early 1890s. Besides Arthur Streeton and Walter Withers, other major artists in the movement included Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin and Charles Conder.
The term was coined in July 1891 by Melbourne critic Sidney Dickinson, reviewing the works of local artists Arthur Streeton and Walter Withers. Dickinson noted that these artists, who painted en plein air in the Heidelberg area, could be considered as the "Heidelberg School".
Since that time, the term has taken on a wider meaning and covers Melbourne and Sydney artists of the late nineteenth century who were inspired by the broader impressionist movement. Along with Streeton and Withers, Tom Roberts, Charles Conder and Frederick McCubbin are considered key figures of the Heidelberg School. They sought to capture Australian life, the bush, and the harsh sunlight that typifies the country. The works of these artists are notable, not only for their merits as compositions, but as part of Australia's historical record.
The period leading up to Federation is the setting for many classic stories of Australian folklore, made famous in the works of bush poets associated with the Bulletin School, such as Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson. The Heidelberg School's work provides a visual complement to these tales and their images have embedded themselves into Australia's historical subconscious. Many of the artworks can be seen in Australian galleries, notably the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Provenance: From the estate and art collection of noted art collector Albert L. Cohen of Glendale/ Los Angeles California.
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