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Title

Reclining female nude (Barbara Blackman)

1955


Artist

Joy Hester

Australia

21 Aug 1920 - 04 Dec 1960


About

Joy Hester is well known for her association with John and Sunday Reed and the group of artists (including Hester's first husband Albert Tucker), centred at the Reeds' home, Heide, in 1940s Melbourne. Increasingly recognised as an important artist in her own right, Hester's work has been re-evaluated by art historians in recent years. She is now acclaimed for her highly expressionistic, personal drawings using brush and ink or watercolour.

Hester made many images of people who were important to her – the subject of this drawing is Barbara Blackman, former wife of artist Charles Blackman. From the early 1950s Barbara Blackman modelled for several artists, including John Brack, Constance Stokes and Fred Williams.


Details


Alternative title

Portrait of Barbara


Date

1955


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

brush and black ink on ivory wove paper


Dimensions

49.0 x 73.8 cm sight; 63.0 x 89.1 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pen and black ink "Joy Hester ´55".


Credit

Purchased 2001


Location

Not on display


Accession number

361.2001


Artist information

Joy Hester

Works in the collection

4


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Denise Mimmocchi, Look, 'A revealing portrait: more than a drawing, this is about art, friendship and personal insights', pg. 11, Sydney, Mar 2002, 11 (illus.).

Anne Ryan, Look, 'Joy Hester: important addition to the Gallery collection', pg. 10-11, Sydney, Apr 2014, 10 (colour illus.).