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date: 14 October 2019

McCubbin, Fredericklocked

(b Melbourne, Feb 25, 1855; d Melbourne, Dec 20, 1917).
  • Leigh Astbury

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(b Melbourne, Feb 25, 1855; d Melbourne, Dec 20, 1917).

Australian painter and teacher. A baker’s son, he trained from 1869 at the local Artisans’ School of Design in Carlton and by 1872 was at the School of Design, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. It was not until the Munich-trained George Folingsby (1828–91) was appointed master of the Gallery Art School in 1882 that McCubbin received a thorough academic training in figure painting. Folingsby evoked McCubbin’s interest in large-scale history pieces with a pronounced national flavour. From the colonial artist and Swiss émigré Abram-Louis Buvelot, McCubbin absorbed a more intimate, Barbizon-style vision of the Australian landscape. Julian Ashton directed his attention to subjects from contemporary life and introduced him to plein-air painting. In the mid-1880s McCubbin’s growing adherence to plein-air Realism was strengthened by the influence of Portugueseborn Arthur Loureiro (1853–1912) and, more dramatically, by the impact of Tom Roberts, recently returned from Europe in 1885...

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Australian Dictionary of Biography (Melbourne, 1966–)