THE BURDEN AND HEAT OF THE DAY, 1890
The title of this work was taken from the Bible, Matthew 2: 12.
This is a large narrative painting, in which Davies has managed to capture the same sense of extreme drought and relentless heat on the summer landscape in outback Australia., as he did in his work 'A Hot Day', 1888.
MacDonald in his book The Art & Life of David Davies, described
the work as
The work was purchased by James Oddie and the sale of the work provided Davies with the finances he needed to travel overseas and study in Paris. James Oddie later presented the work to the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.
Left: Arthur Streeton
- Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890