Hans Heysen’s choice of subject in 'The coming home' reflects his love and reverence for nature and rural life. He took inspiration from the landscape and labours of local farmers near his home in Adelaide and, later, Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. Suffused with golden light, this gentle image of cattle being herded evokes a European pastoral ideal. Made soon after his studies in Paris at the turn of the century, it reveals the influence of the work of John Constable and the painters of the French Barbizon school, whom Heysen particularly admired.

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  • Title: The coming home
  • Creator: Hans Heysen
  • Date Created: 1904
  • Physical Dimensions: 106.4 x 184.5 cm stretcher; 141.8 x 223.6 x 12.5 cm frame
  • Provenance: Royal Art Society of New South Wales, 1904, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Purchased by the Trustees from the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Art Society, cat.no. 80, priced 150 guineas
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased 1904
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/5733
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated l.l., brown oil "H HEYSEN./ 1904".
  • Artist Country: Germany, Australia, France