When the Argus newspaper reviewed this picture, it wrote: 'M. Von Guérard's strength lies in his airy distances, and in his masterly treatment of mountain scenery. It may sound like a paradox to say so, but he is at once the most literal and most poetic translator of mountain scenery. He studies it with the eye of a poet, and he depicts it with the hand of a conscientious artist'.
This was the first work by von Guérard to enter an Australian public collection.
Eugene von GUÉRARD
born Austria 1811
arrived in Australia 1852 worked in Germany 1882–91, Great Britain 1891–1901
died Great Britain 1901
Spring in the Valley of the Mitta Mitta with the Bogong Ranges 1866
oil on canvas
(67.6 x 104.6 cm)
Gift of the Hon. Sir Archibald Michie, 1866