Arthur Streeton, the painter who was instrumental in changing the direction of painting in Australia in the late nineteenth century. From outdated European conventions came visions of a modern Australia.
One of his studies for a larger work Classic Romance. Beautifully composed. Streeton was a romantic. He had class and the true sensibility of an artist.
His beautiful heartfelt description of his future wife in a letter to an old friend, 22 June, 1899, Chelsea, London:
She’s well read in all poetry - can draw in the most original way - intimate with Watts …she’s wise (advises me as you often used to - to spur me into energy & better things) and damme she has the loveliest eyes possible & the most delightful rosy flush through her fresh cheeks - Ah! I get absolutely drowsy and faint with her sweet attraction then she is near - …