Frederick McCubbin
A bush burial 1890
oil on canvas
Geelong Gallery
Purchased by public subscription, 1900
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Frederick McCubbin
Down on his luck 1889
oil on canvas
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1896

Frederick McCubbin
A bush burial 1890
oil on canvas
Geelong Gallery
Purchased by public subscription, 1900
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Frederick McCubbin
Down on his luck 1889
oil on canvas
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1896

Frederick McCubbin
A bush burial 1890
oil on canvas
Geelong Gallery
Purchased by public subscription, 1900
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Frederick McCubbin
Down on his luck 1889
oil on canvas
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1896

Frederick McCubbin
A bush burial 1890
oil on canvas
Geelong Gallery
Purchased by public subscription, 1900
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Frederick McCubbin
Down on his luck 1889
oil on canvas
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1896

Frederick McCubbin
A bush burial 1890
oil on canvas
Geelong Gallery
Purchased by public subscription, 1900
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Frederick McCubbin
Down on his luck 1889
oil on canvas
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1896

Frederick McCubbin
A bush burial 1890
oil on canvas
Geelong Gallery
Purchased by public subscription, 1900
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Frederick McCubbin
Down on his luck 1889
oil on canvas
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1896

Frederick McCubbin
A bush burial 1890
oil on canvas
Geelong Gallery
Purchased by public subscription, 1900
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Frederick McCubbin
Down on his luck 1889
oil on canvas
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1896

Frederick McCubbin
A bush burial 1890
oil on canvas
Geelong Gallery
Purchased by public subscription, 1900
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Frederick McCubbin
Down on his luck 1889
oil on canvas
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1896

Frederick McCubbin
A bush burial 1890
oil on canvas
Geelong Gallery
Purchased by public subscription, 1900
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Frederick McCubbin
Down on his luck 1889
oil on canvas
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1896

Frederick McCubbin
A bush burial 1890
oil on canvas
Geelong Gallery
Purchased by public subscription, 1900
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Frederick McCubbin
Down on his luck 1889
oil on canvas
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1896


Frederick McCubbin—Whisperings in wattle boughs

Saturday 2 October 2021 to Sunday 13 February 2022

 

In the Gallery’s 125th anniversary year, this exhibition celebrates the first major work to enter the collection in 1900: Frederick McCubbin’s A bush burial (1890). Made possible through public subscription, this exceptional acquisition and moment in the institution’s history is marked by bringing A bush burial into dialogue with a tightly focussed selection of other iconic McCubbin works in which he elaborates and redefines the Australian bush and the human subjects within it.

Frederick McCubbin—Whisperings in wattle boughs brings together McCubbin’s key ‘pioneer’ subjects and additional paintings that elaborate the artist’s unending fascination with the colour and nature of the bush, sourced from national and state institutions, regional Victorian galleries and private collections. This in-focus exhibition will also include portraits by McCubbin of some of the subjects—often family and friends—that populate his enduring great narrative pictures.

The exhibition title acknowledges the inspiration McCubbin took from the poetry of Adam Lindsay Gordon, the unique beauty of the Australian bush and the rich stories that emerge from it.

Please note: Geelong Gallery’s conditions of entry stipulate that all patrons must show proof of double vaccination status prior to entry. Find out more

 

 


Events

Talking art—Lisa Sullivan, Jill Orr, Anne Zahalka and Sarah Walker

Creative conversations: Lisa Sullivan: Frederick McCubbin—Whisperings in wattle boughs (online)

Eye spy art adventures—colours of the bush

Illustrated lecture: Jane Clark—Australian Impressionism (online)

Creative Conversation: Michael Varcoe-Cocks—Found

Explore

360° virtual tour

Key works

At the falling of the year

The artist's camp

Lost

Whisperings in wattle boughs

Down on his luck

A bush burial

Bush idyll

Portrait

A bush scene

Hillside, Macedon

The pioneer

What the little girl saw in the bush

The wood sawyer

Violet and gold

Afterglow (Summer evening

Child in the bush