Hans HEYSEN | Spring

Germany 1877 – Australia 1968
Australia from 1884; Europe, England 1899-1903

Spring 1925
watercolour on paper
39.3 (h) x 49.2 (w) cm
Private Collection


Among Heysen’s intimate and domestic images is the delightful watercolour of two cats in a tree, Spring 1925. It is a simple snatch of life—with the cats stretching, crouching and basking in the sun, while waiting for their prey. It was painted for the amusement of the artist’s children.[1]


[1] Ian North, Hans Heysen Centenary retrospective, 1877–1977, Adelaide: Art Gallery Board of South Australia, 1977, p 56