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Reclining female nude (Barbara Blackman)



Joy Hester


21 Aug 1920 – 04 Dec 1960

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  • Details

    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
    © Estate of Joy Hester/Copyright Agency

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    Joy Hester

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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

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

Other works by Joy Hester

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