- 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
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Joy Hester. Licensed by Copyright Agency
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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.
Shown in 1 exhibition
Leave no space for yearning, the art of Joy Hester, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 25 Aug 2001–11 Nov 2001
Referenced in 2 publications
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