The Letter (1884). Frederick McCubbin (Australian, 1855–1917). Oil on canvas. Art Gallery of Ballarat. The depiction of an elegantly gowned woman holding what is presumably a love letter strolling along a river bank in the Australian bush has a strong anecdotal element to it. It may have been inspired by the play The Professor performed in Melbourne in 1882. Essentially a study in light and colour, McCubbin blocked the painting in with vermillion before adding the other colours.
Chris Round // “This is an attempt to capture the uniqueness of the Australian landscape in much the same way early colonial artists attempted to. Here the Kangaroo Valley, in the depth of the misty winter, offers a landscape reminiscent of the ones Frederick McCubbin (1855-1917) painted: misty, dimly lit and somewhat lonely.”
Shelling peas by Frederick McCubbin (25 February 1855 – 20 December 1917) Australian painter who was prominent in the Heidelberg School, one of the more important periods in Australia's visual arts history.)