Masterpieces for the Nation Fund 2013
Florence Fuller A golden hour c1905
Help us to bring this masterpiece into the national art collection in 2013
The sun is slowly setting and sends a warm glow over the grasses and lights up the trunks of the white gums. A couple walk side by side through the wildflowers into the valley. There are pink tinges to the sky above the low-lying hills. And we can almost hear the chirp of birds in the surrounding eucalypts.
This is Florence Fuller’s A golden hour c1905, a painting portraying that magic hour at the end of the day. The place is the Darling Ranges in Western Australia, and the couple are Sir John Winthrop Hackett, businessman, philanthropist and owner of the West Australian newspaper, and his new wife Deborah Vernon Hackett, née Drake-Brockman, who had married Hackett in 1905, aged eighteen, despite family disapproval. And as it shows the newly married couple, the painting may also be seen to represent their ‘golden hour’.
Fuller was arguably one of Western Australia’s most significant artists from the Federation period, and an important Australian woman artist. A golden hour is a masterpiece that will sit proudly within the national art collection, giving us a gentle insight into the people, places and times that make up our history.
Please support the development of the national art collection by donating towards the acquisition of Florence Fuller’s A golden hour c 1905.
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