The Artists

Clara Southern

AN OLD BEE FARM, c. 1900

Australia 1860-1940

AN OLD BEE FARM, c. 1900
oil on canvas 69.1 x 112.4 cm
Felton Bequest, 1942
Collection: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

The setting for this work is considered to be the Ellis familyís farm, which was located in North Warrandyte, a short distance upstream from Blue Tongue Bend on the Yarra River. This was near the Frenchamís property. The model is thought to be Mrs Ellis. The work is typical of Clara Southern: poetic, lyrical, and painted in muted tones of blue and green that give a softness to her depiction of the Australian landscape.

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