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An image of Reclining female nude (Barbara Blackman) by Joy Hester

Joy Hester

(Australia 21 Aug 1920 – 04 Dec 1960)

Reclining female nude (Barbara Blackman)
Alternative title:
Portrait of Barbara
Media category
Materials used
brush and black ink on ivory wove paper

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".
Purchased 2001
Accession number
© Joy Hester. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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

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

Exhibition history (1)

Leave no space for yearning, the art of Joy Hester, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 25 Aug 2001–11 Nov 2001