Frederick McCubbin sells from $1.34 million - Art Collector

Image courtesy: Mossgreen

Frederick McCubbin’s 1890 masterpiece Mrs McCubbin Picking Blossom (Spring) saw a number of bidders compete against each other in a packed saleroom at Melbourne-based auction house Mossgreen on the 28 October 2014. The painting sold for $1,342,000, one of the highest prices achieved at auction this year.

The work had been privately owned for many years and was predominantly unseen except for a loan to the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition The Art of Frederick McCubbin in 1991.

Head of sale Jon Dwyer says “Mossgreen is delighted to be entrusted with such an important work, which is considered to be one of the finest McCubbin paintings still in private hands. Estimated at $1,200,000-1,600,000, it offers the collector a rare opportunity to own a genuine piece of Australian art history.”

McCubbin was a major figure in the development of the Australian school of landscape and subject painting in the 19th century. Mossgreen’s managing director Paul Sumner said of the work: “it’s a very beautiful and tender painting by one of our country’s most famous artists, right at the pinnacle of his career.”

Larissa Bricis

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