Droving into the Light, 1914-21, Art Gallery of South Australia
Hans Heyson was an Australian artist who lived between 1877 and 1968 (dying at 91 years of age). He was a well known name in Australia for his superb depictions of gum trees, the Aussie bush and animals such as horses and other farmed animals in the landscape. He won the Wynne Prize for landscape 9 times and left a vast legacy of watercolours. He also gave me this weeks smile.
For Hans Heyson the gum trees were characters akin to humans and he loved them as much as he loved his family of 9 children. Apparently, whilst out walking Hans came across a group of council workers preparing to cut down a gum tree that he loved. He begged them not to cut it down. He was informed the council needed the revenue the tree would raise for firewood. He persuaded them to wait and he took himself off to council and paid 1oo pounds to save the tree. The council seeing they were on a good wicket then started informing Hans of any gum tree they were proposing to fell and Hans paid for them all. Some he even paid for twice.
This gave me a big smile.
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