Germany 1877 – Australia 1968
Australia from 1884; Europe, England 1899-1903
oil on canvas
129.5 (h) x 174.5 (w) cm
Gift of the Rt. Hon Sir Charles Booth 1913, Art Gallery of South Australia
In Red gold 1913 Heysen depicted two great old trees at Hahndorf, with a worn road between and homeward cattle, distant hills and coloured light on the clouds and air and trees. The view is from the Hahndorf-Mt Barker Junction Road, but it is painted with some artistic licence. Mt Barker in the background could not actually be seen from the artist’s vantage point. The mature, majestic gums suggest triumphal columns, basking in warm golden light at the close of day.
 Ian North, Hans Heysen Centenary retrospective, 1877–1977, Adelaide: Art Gallery Board of South Australia, 1977, p 40