GUM LEAF (SOUTH
YARRA LANDSCAPE), 1915
A remarkable work by Frederick McCubbin, which in its portrayal of the landscape, bears a slight resemblance to Arthur Streeton's work 'Golden Summer, Eaglemont', 1889, although at this stage of McCubbin's life, it is more likely to be a South Yarra landscape.
It was produced on a specially prepared (sized) gum leaf, for sale on Remembrance Day, Friday 17 December 1915, to help raise funds for the returning servicemen and women. McCubbin also painted scenes on fan shaped pieces of cardboard. McCubbin's works sold for ten shillings (one dollar), while many other artists taking part, including Jo Sweatman and Dora Serle, sold their works for six pence (five cents).
Arthur Streeton - Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890