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’.
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
© Bathurst Regional Council
Shown in 1 exhibition
Jean Bellette retrospective (2004-2005):
- Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst Regional Council, Bathurst 10 Dec 2004–16 Jan 2005
- S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks 12 Mar 2005–15 Apr 2005
- University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane 06 May 2005–12 Jun 2005
- Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington 12 Jul 2005–28 Aug 2005
- Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra 10 Nov 2005–18 Dec 2005
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.