Maximillian Feuering, Bellevue Hill Park
Maximilian Feuerring, Bellevue Hill Park
Born in 1896 in Lvov, Poland, Maximilian is one of the oldest artists represented in the University of Canberra's art collection. Maximilian is known to have studied in Berlin in 1919 and the Academy of Fine Arts, Rome between 1923 and 1926. Following a period where he spent life interned as a prisoner of war, Feuerring was liberated in 1945 and took up a role as a lecturer in Munich. He immigrated to Australia in 1950 and became a founding member of CAS and represented Australia in the Sao Paulo in 1961 Biennal. Between the time Feuerring arrived in Australia and the late 1970s, he exhibited in 45 solo exhibitions and lectured at the University of Sydney. His style was influenced by the post-impressionists and expressionist movements.
Maximilian Feuerring's works are represented in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia; the National Gallery of Victoria; Queensland Art Gallery and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Feuerring is also known to have won at least fifteen art prizes in Australian competitive exhibitions.
The Work of Art
Bellevue Hill Park is a small work of art painted with oils onto board. It is dominated by a large palm tree on the side of a hill overlooking a bay in Port Jackson Harbour. The work is colourful with bright blue skies and lush green foliage. The bold brush strokes are reminiscent of the expressionist works. Although much has changed in the surrounding area of Sydney, this work is still a faithful depiction of the area.
Alan and Susan McColluch, The Australian Encyclopedia of Art, Allen and Unwin, Sydney 1994. p 254.