Frederick McCubbin Down on his luck 1889




The AGWA Historical collection has moved to its new home in the Gallery main building. This new display completes the gallery-wide, AGWA Collection refresh.

View the 'ten historical paintings to see before you die', including works by Frederick McCubbin, John Longstaff, Hilda Rix Nicholas and Spencer Gore.

From August to November 2018, it will be shown alongside Sidney Nolan’s iconic Ned Kelly series on loan from the National Gallery of Australia.

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Explore AGWA's early works in the Collection including the iconic Down on his luck by Frederick McCubbin.

Presenting works from the 1700s to the 1910s, this display features examples of some of the key art movements of the nineteenth century.

Many works take landscape as their subject, and the artistic approaches range from a precise observation of nature to impressionist works capturing the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere.

Also on view are works that tell a story, and portraits that reveal the inner psychological state of their subjects.





Frederick McCubbin

Down on his luck 1889

oil on canvas, 145 x 183.3 x 14 cm (framed) 114.5 x 152.5 cm (painting)

State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Purchased 1896




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