Golden Summer, Eaglemont
|Golden Summer, Eaglemont|
|Dimensions||81.3 cm × 152.6 cm (32.01 in × 60.08 in)|
Golden Summer, Eaglemont is an 1889 landscape painting by Australian artist
Streeton painted the work
Streeton described the location in a letter to Roberts, calling it "our hill of gold":
I sit here in the upper circle surrounded by copper and gold, and smile with joy under my fly net as all the light, glory and quivering brightness passes slowly and freely before my eyes. Nothing happier than this. I shout and laugh at my immense wealth, all free and without responsibility. Who could steal this from me? No one.
Years later, Streeton recalled painting Golden Summer as he, Conder, and
[Streeton] would go off by himself with his easel and canvas and would lie on the grass for hours, wearing only shirt and trousers, and staring at the sky and at the river in the valley, and at the
Dandenong Ranges. ... Then he would get up and paint with strong, sure strokes, and the thing would grow into beauty as you stole up and watched over his shoulder. That is how he painted Golden Summer while I looked over his shoulder—40 years ago.