Emanuel Phillips Fox
- Emanuel Phillips Fox
- Spring, Heidelberg
- oil on canvas laid down on board
- 43 x 69.5 cm
signed lower left: E Phillips Fox
The Artists’ Camps: Plein Air Painting in Melbourne 1885-1898, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, 7 June -11 July, 1984, cat. 85
Ruth Zubans, E. Phillips Fox: His Life and Art, The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1995, pp. 81, 219, cat no 115
Helen Topliss, The Artists’ Camps: Plein Air Painting in Melbourne, 1885-1898, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, 1984, p.62, illus plate 85
In Phillips Fox’s Spring, Heidelberg 1900-01 noonday might and the sunny palette of the Impressionists give way to the cooler, muted tones of the French Barbizon School, of naturalism touched with romanticism. The textural richness of the foreground, applied with the broad brush of the Impressionists, nevertheless, captivates the eye, as do the emerald greens and vivacious lights reflected in the still waters.
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