The old garden

Frederick McCUBBIN: artist

Not On Display

About the work

Frederick McCubbin was captivated by the challenge of depicting ever-changing light and atmospheric effects, and he often returned to the same subject in order to record its changes across different seasons, weather conditions and times of the day. His garden in South Yarra, which is the subject of The old garden, became one such motif. All the familiar elements of McCubbin’s numerous paintings of his rambling backyard are contained within its highly animated paint surface, but close examination reveals this painting also to be a carefully considered study of light and shadow.
The old garden
Artist/Maker and role
Frederick McCUBBIN: artist
c 1910
oil on canvas
56.2 x 92.0 cm (painting)
81.0 x 116.5 cm (framed)
Credit line
Purchased with funds from the Great Australian Paintings Appeal, 1978
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number

This is one of the paintings in our collection.