Last Look in NGV’s Australian Section

After my Aboriginal tour through the National Gallery of Victoria, I had one more section to visit — the Heidelberg School, and in particular, Fred McCubbin. In the 1800s, the artist left the traditional method of indoor painting and ventured outside to embody the real Australia.

Lost — Fred McCubbin, 1886, Box Hill

The Pioneer depicts the same location in three different time periods. Every visit to Melbourne, I have to see this painting. Something in its images speaks to me. I think it’s a connection with the painting’s disappearing bush like the one once next door to where I lived as a child.