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Mary, by Frederick McCubbin

December 16, 2013


An example of Australian ‘En plein air’, impressionism. Frederick McCubbin, along with his collaborators, Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts, preferred to capture the natural light, and Australian landscapes and subjects in all their moods and colourings. These artists of the Heidelberg School of Art were reacting to the gloomy gothic romanticism of 19th Century British art.

What can we say about the woman in the painting above?

What do we know of the child? Is it a boy or a girl?

This woman is the subject of the work, and her name is Mary Jane Moriaty, sister of his wife. The artists would often use members of their family’s or members of their friends’ families as models for their portraits.


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  1. David Jackson permalink

    If this is by McCubbin, then how do you explain the E. Phillips Fox signature?

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