Australia 2017 Arthur Streeton and Sidney Nolan Pair MUH (976)
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The stampsDesigned by Lynette Traynor of the Australia Post Design Studio, the stamps present well-known paintings by the two artists alongside photographic portraits.
$1 Arthur Streeton and Near Heidelberg 1890, NGVThe oil on canvas work, Near Heidelberg, now in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, was painted in 1890. With a blue and golden palette evoking a warm, sunny day, it shows well-dressed men and women walking down to the Yarra River. With the other artists of the Heidelberg School, Streeton painted from camps at Box Hill and Heidelberg, where he could paint outdoors, or en plein air in the manner of the Barbizon School and French Impressionists. This work was painted while Streeton was living at the nearby Mont Eagle estate, now the Melbourne suburb of Eaglemont. The photographic portrait of Streeton is one of a series of almost full-length formal portraits by Jack Cato, taken near the end of Streeton’s life, probably around 1940. At this stage he was recognised as one of the country’s pre-eminent artists. These photographs are held in the collection of State Library Victoria.
$1 Sidney Nolan and Footballer 1946, NGVFootballer, now in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, was painted in enamel on composition board in 1946, around the same time that Nolan started the first works of his Ned Kelly series. It depicts an Australian rules footballer before a crowd of fans. The jersey colours are intentionally generic, but the figure is thought to represent St Kilda player, although opinion varies as to his identity. With its bold colours and forms, the painting is characteristic of Nolan’s expressionist realism of the 1940s. Nolan painted Footballerat Heide, the artists’ colony and home of John and Sunday Reed, now the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen, a suburb of Melbourne. The photographic portrait of Nolan, by Axel Poignant, was taken in Nolan’s Putney studio in London, in 1964, when the artist was 47. In the background is Lady Interrupted 1964 – Adelaide Lady, one of a series of paintings depicting well-dressed ladies Nolan observed in the South Australian capital earlier that year.