Clara Southern (3 October 1861 – 15 December 1940) was an Australian artist associated with the Heidelberg School, also known as Australian Impressionism. She was active between the years 1883 and her death in 1940. Physically, Southern was tall with reddish fair hair, and was nicknamed ‘Panther’ because of her lithe beauty.
A landscape painter in oils, Clara Southern began her art career studying under another woman artist, Madam Moucehette, and later under Walter Withers.
Her love and knowledge of the countryside is clearly seen in her landscapes which are notable for their lyricism and charm.
Many are of the farm buildings painted near Warrandyte where her work and presence attracted a number of other artists to instigate an artists’ colony, among them Penleigh Boyd, Louis McCubbin, Charles Wheeler.
Along with Jane Sutherland, she was regarded as one of the foremost women artist of the era and continued to live and paint at Warrandyte until her death at age 79.
John Peter Russell was an Australian painter of impressionist landscapes and seascapes in oils and watercolours.
About John Russell
John Peter Russell (16 June 1858 – 30 April 1930) was an Australian impressionist painter. Born and raised in Sydney, Russell moved to Europe in his late teenage years to attend art school. Russell befriended fellow pupil Vincent Van Gogh, and painted the first portrait of the future world-famous artist, now held at the Van Gogh Museum.
A painter of impressionist landscapes and seascapes in oils and watercolours, Russell was fortunate to be born into a wealthy family and was able to indulge him in his two pleasures, painting and travel.
After the death of his father, Russell inherited an annual income of about $6000 and left for London, travelling on the same ship as Tom Roberts.
In London, Russell attended the Sale School and later in Paris attended the Cormon Studio where he met many of the now important young radicals including Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Russell returned to Australia in 1923 without much acclaim; it has only been in recent years that due notice has been given to the significance of his work. His works are held in major galleries in his home country and in Europe.
Tom Roberts was a British-born Australian artist and a key member of the Heidelberg School, also known as Australian Impressionism.
About Tom Roberts
Thomas William “Tom” Roberts (8 March 1856 – 14 September 1931) was a British-born Australian artist and a key member of the Heidelberg School, also known as Australian Impressionism.
A pioneer of plein-air impressionism in Australia, he became known after his death as ‘the father of Australian landscape painting’.
With Frederick McCubbin and Louis Abrahams he founded the first of the artists’ camps at Box Hill, from which would develop the Heidelberg School.
During his lifetime Roberts received no official honours, but his work lived on and as the legend of his life and career grew, his work began to appreciate in value. He is now one of the best known artists of the Heidelberg school.