Hans Heysen House and Museum

Hans Heysen lived at the Cedars with his wife and children from 1912 until his death in 1968, and the  house has a cosy, homely feeling as if the painter and his family still live there. Keep an eye out for the  many objects and locations around the house that feature in Heysen’s paintings, especially his still lifes.  In the tour of the studio, the guide reveals practical secrets of how Heysen worked, which kids will be eager to try with their own artwork.

Contact details

Heysen Rd, Hahndorf; (08) 8388 7277

 
Closed Mon except on public holidays
 
Entry to house and studio is by tour only; check times

Price range

BUDGET

Don't Miss

■ The Artist’s Walk around the extensive grounds – stand on the very spots where Heysen painted  some of his wonderful landscapes. Eleven viewing boxes display prints of his paintings and kids will be  intrigued to compare the artwork with the living landscape.

Fabulous Facts

Heysen was one of the first artists to recognise and paint the individual, distinctive character of the Australian landscape and light. He was also one of the area’s earliest conservationists, buying up neighbouring properties to save trees from being cut down. Instead of trees just being a background  to his scenes, he painted ‘portraits’ of gum trees. He loved the mottled patterns on their trunks and the  way the bark hung in tatters. He was awarded the Wynne Prize (the Archibald equivalent for  landscape artists) nine times and his vision influenced many later Australian artists.

Insider Tips

■ The guide adjusts the content of the tour to suit a child audience, however if you prefer you can just explore the grounds.

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