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Title

Figures in a classical landscape


Artist

Jean Bellette

Australia, Spain

1908 - 16 Mar 1991


About

'Group of figures in a landscape' c1950 was completed following the artist’s critical recognition of the 1940s which saw her win the Sir John Sulman Prize for genre painting in 1942 and 1944. Its procession of classical figures embedded within a distant, unspecified setting is not unlike the Gallery’s 'Electra' 1944. Operating outside of modernist, nationalist and socio-political narratives in Australian art, Bellette drew upon Europe’s reinterpretation of the 'essence' of antiquity two decades earlier. It has been suggested that mythology was her means of investigating societal values and psychological traits, even the Australian experience. Bellette stated in 1952:

'I have tried to paint groups of figures in landscape, using mythology as a pretext; my main preoccupation was to try and order space and colours in a certain way, so that they would suggest to me some atmosphere I recognise …'

Significantly, Bellette was a member of the Society of Artists and a co-founder of the Sydney Group.


Details


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

circa 1950


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on plywood


Dimensions

40.0 x 50.0 cm board; 57.3 x 67.3 x 4.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.r., red oil "JB". Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Margaret Olley 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

198.2012


Artist information

Jean Bellette

Works in the collection

21


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Christine France, Amanda Beresford and Barbara Hall, Jean Bellette retrospective, Sydney, 2004, 37 (colour illus.), 71.