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Title

Of war

circa 1945


Artist

Joy Hester

Australia

21 Aug 1920 - 04 Dec 1960


About

This work comes from a series of drawings made by the artist during and shortly after the Second World War, during her marriage to fellow artist Albert Tucker and about the time her first child, Sweeney, was born in 1945. Tucker had been drafted, briefly and unwillingly, into the army in 1942 and reports of the war, including footage of concentration camps shown in Melbourne, aroused strong passions in Hester – she was acutely aware of the detrimental effects of war, especially the psychological and emotional disturbance on the civilian population. She made a number of portrait drawings about this time, including ' Frightened' (also in the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection), in which the eyes of her subjects have a particular resonance and force.


Details


Date

circa 1945


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

brush and ink on ivory wove paper


Dimensions

20.2 x 31.6 cm sheet


Signature & date

Stamped l.r. black ink with "Joy Hester" estate stamp. Not dated.


Credit

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2015


Location

Not on display


Accession number

335.2015


Artist information

Joy Hester

Artist profile

Works in the collection

8


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Gould Galleries Melbourne, Joy Hester: Works from the Reed Family Collection, South Yarra, 2005, cat. 17. colour illus.