Walter Withers Paintings

Walter Withers was an influential Australian landscape artist who was born on October 22, 1854, in Warwickshire, England. He emigrated to Australia in 1883, settling in Melbourne, and became a key figure in the Heidelberg School, a movement that is considered the first significant Western art movement in Australia. The Heidelberg School artists were known for their plein air method of painting, aiming to capture the unique Australian light and environment in their work.

Withers' work often depicted the rural landscape around Heidelberg, Victoria, where he lived and worked for a number of years. His paintings are characterized by their vibrant colors, and sensitive handling of light and atmosphere, which reflect his connection to the Australian bush and rural life.

He was a passionate teacher and influenced a number of younger artists, sharing his techniques and knowledge of plein air painting. Despite his contributions to Australian art, Withers faced financial difficulties throughout his life and struggled to gain the recognition he deserved during his lifetime.

Walter Withers won several awards for his work, including the prestigious Wynne Prize in 1900 for his painting 'The Storm'. He was also a member of several art societies and exhibited his work regularly.

Withers continued to paint and teach until his health declined. He passed away on October 13, 1914, in Eltham, Victoria, Australia. Today, Walter Withers is remembered as a significant figure in the development of Australian Impressionism and his works are held in many major galleries across Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the National Gallery of Victoria.