Golden sands 1928 is a delicate watercolour by Ballarat-born Harold Herbert, an artist who was well known for his commitment to painting outdoors in the landscape (en plein air). Here, Herbert has captured a view we so enjoy when visiting the beach – the first glimpse of rolling waves and the ocean’s blue horizon, seen just beyond the sun-kissed, sandy dunes.
This light-filled work suggests long summer days and sand between the feet. Its location is Philip Island, still a popular holiday spot on the southern coast of Victoria.
Golden sands 1928
watercolour on paper
The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of Dr Samuel Arthur Ewing 1938