Auction of Streeton’s Lorne Painting

If you have a spare $80,000 to $100,000, perhaps you might like to buy a painting of Lorne’s coastline by one of Australia’s best known ‘Heidelberg school’ artists.

Ocean Blue, Lorne by Arthur Streeton will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s in Sydney on Tuesday 23 August. It was first exhibited in Melbourne as Ocean Solitude, Lorne by the Victorian Artists’ Society in its Annual Autumn Exhibition of 1921, with an asking price of £210.

Streeton was born in the Mt Duneed/Mt Moriac district on the outskirts of Geelong, and moved to Melbourne while still a young boy. However, the artist travelled down the surfcoast and in 1921 completed several paintings around the Lorne area.

Ocean Blue, Lorne is one such painting and could be considered a bargain if you compare it to the sale of Streeton’s Sunlight Sweet, Coogee which fetched A$1,853,000 in 2005. More details about Ocean Blue, Lorne are listed on the Sotheby’s website under the catalogue for Important Australian & International Art AU0757.

Arthur Streeton Ocean Blue LorneArthur Streeton, Ocean Blue, Lorne, 1921, 64×76.5 cm. Image from sothebysaustralia.com.au

UPDATE 27.08.11
As reported in the Geelong Advertiser (27-8-2011), Ocean Blue Lorne, was purchased by the Geelong Gallery in what is a ‘homecoming’ of sorts for the painting. It is a coup for the gallery which prevailed against strong bidding at auction. The painting sold for the tidy sum of $230,000, more than double the estimate.

As a bonus, the painting is housed in its original frame (John Thallon, Melbourne). The landscape will be a welcome addition to the gallery’s fine collection of Australian historic paintings which includes Eugène von Guérard’s View of Geelong (1856), Frederick McCubbin’s A bush burial (1890) and Louis Buvelot’s On the Woods Point Road (1872). Ocean Blue, Lorne will be available for public viewing at the gallery very soon.

Later Related Posts:
The continuing hunt for Arthur Streeton’s birthplace

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