The Heidelberg School was the first significant art movement in Australia. The name originated in July 1891, when art critic, Sidney Dickinson wrote a review of the exhibitions of works by Walter Withers and Arthur Streeton. Dickinson noted that these artists, whose works were mostly painted in the Heidelberg area, could be considered as the ‘Heidelberg School’. Since that time, the Heidelberg School has taken on a wider meaning and covers Australian artists of the late 19th Century who followed plein-air painting.
SOME LINKS OF INTEREST:
Heidelberg School Artists Trail
Heidi, Museum of Modern Art
The Australian Bush
National Gallery of Victoria