Australian and International Fine Art, Deutscher-Menzies, Melbourne, 2 & 3 September 2003, lot 204
Private collection, Melbourne
In 1906, Hilder was a shy 25 year old who knew he had a gift for art but was desperately seeking competent advice. A meeting with the artist Fred Leist saw him referred to Julian Ashton who ran the influential School of Art.
'(Ashton) took a special interest in the awkward young man, often inviting him to The Glen, his home at Bondi, and taking him for walks across the sandhills - sometimes to make sketches - but more often to chat about art and colour effects of nature'1 (Surviving sketches of Bondi are rare with only two recorded in the various books written about Hilder).
We are most grateful to Col Fullagar for his assistance in cataloguing this work.
1. Ure Smith, S., & Stevens, B., The Art of JJ Hilder, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1918, pp. 14-15
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