On the Woods Point Road, painting by Louis Buvelot
Painted in 1872, at a time when Buvelot was considered the colony’s leading landscape artist, On the Woods Point Road depicts an everyday exchange within the landscape. Travellers on horseback and within a coach traverse a muddy track, while further signs of the settlement of the area (north-east of Melbourne, with the peaks of the Great Dividing Range in the distance) are evident through the clearing.
A major painting in its own right and representative of Buvelot’s loosely-worked style. Stylistically, and within the history of Australian art, this this work acts as a mid-point between two of Geelong Gallery’s most iconic works: the precision of von Guerard’s View of Geelong, and the more impressionistic style of a Heidelberg School artist such as McCubbin as seen in A bush burial.