Hillside, Macedon

Born Melbourne, Australia 1855, died Melbourne 1917

Frederick McCubbin studied at the Artisans School of Design, Carlton (c.1870) and the National Gallery School, Melbourne under Thomas Clark, Eugene von Guérard and G.F. Folingsby. After completing his training he became the drawing master at the Gallery School, an appointment he held for the rest of his life.

Hillside, Macedon (1904) was painted at his property ‘Fontainebleau’ at Mount Macedon in country Victoria. The property, purchased by McCubbin in 1901, was located in a natural woodland setting. Although McCubbin continued to live in Melbourne during the week attending to his teaching duties, he commuted on weekends to the bush that inspired some of his best known paintings, including The pioneer (1904).

In 1904 The Age wrote: ‘The Hillside, Macedon, is a fine rendering of the radiant atmosphere of the mountains; the composition has a fine diversity, and the foreground, in its harmony of tone, is a delightful piece of colour … in what is one of the most notable of the “one man shows” that have been held in Melbourne.’1

McCubbin’s work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, all major state galleries and many regional galleries.

1 Art Notes, The Age, 22 April 1904, p. 8, as reproduced in: Jane Clark, A happy life, Frederick McCubbin, small paintings and oil sketches, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1991, p. 17.