Sir Hans Heysen

Extract from Village Voice 1, Autumn 2005

Hans Heysen

  • Born  in  Hamburg Germany  1887
  • Arrived in Australia with his family at the age of 7
  • He always loved painting and  sold his first work aged 15 for I0 shillings.
  • Was sponsored by 4 businessmen to study in Europe  for 4 years in return for the  pictures he painted  over there.
  • Returned to Australia in 1903, held an exhibition in 1908 which enabled him to purchase The Cedars in  1912.
  • Married Sally Bartels in 1904, they had 8 children, so extended the house twice to accommodate the large family.
  • Thus it remains today  under the shelter  of  huge cedars.
  • Built a purpose  designed studio in 1 91 3, which remains open to the public on guided tour today.

Zinnias and Autumn Fruits 1923

Sallie Heysen - charcoal by Hans 1912

  • Best known works feature gums in the vagaries of the light on the Australian landscape, but he was also well recognised  for still life works , and for his works in the Flinders Ranges.
  • He and Sally entertained well and often, on many occasions enjoying the company of the famous and elite. The kitchen and the drawing room still offer that gracious and homely welcome .
  • Sir Hans was knighted in 1959
  • He died  1968 and is buried beside his wife Sally in the Hahndorf cemetery.