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Young girl



Jean Bellette

Australia, Spain

1908 - 16 Mar 1991


Jean Bellette is recognised as one of Australia’s most significant classical modernists, best known for her mythically-inspired compositions of figure and landscape. Born in Hobart, she studied there and at the Julian Ashton school in Sydney, before travels and further study in Paris and London, rising to prominence as a painter during the 1940s and ‘50s in a Sydney circle of artists that included her husband, critic and fellow artist Paul Haefliger, David Strachan, Donald Friend, Russell Drysdale and Margaret Olley among others. She returned to Europe in the late 1950s, settling in Majorca and continued her career as an expatriate artist.

This red conté drawing of a young girl is a fine example of Bellette’s skill in drawing; whilst conveying a strong grasp of underlying form, it is also a characteristically sensitive evocation of personality and mood - as Ursula Hoff stated of Bellette in her 1952 'Meanjin' article on the artist, she ‘instils her classic form with a decidedly poetic and romantic feeling’.




Media category


Materials used

red conté on paper


23.5 x 17.8 cm sight; 43.0 x 36.0 x 4.3 cm frame

Signature & date

signed l.r. corner, red conté "Jean Bellette".


Gift of Meg Stewart 2015 in memory of Sheila Carroll


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Jean Bellette

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 1 publication


Christine France, Amanda Beresford and Barbara Hall, Jean Bellette retrospective, Sydney, 2004, 72. Included in exhibition 'list of works' as 'Untitled' (1952), private collection.