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Title

Corn cobs

1938

Artist

Nora Heysen

Australia

11 Jan 1911 - 30 Dec 2003

Alternate image of Corn cobs by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Corn cobs by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Corn cobs by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Corn cobs by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Corn cobs by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Corn cobs by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Corn cobs by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Corn cobs by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Corn cobs by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Corn cobs by Nora Heysen
  • Details

    Date
    1938
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    40.5 x 51.3 cm stretcher; 51.8 x 63.0 x 4.8 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. corner, blue oil "NORA HEYSEN/ 1938".

    Credit
    Purchased 1987
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    485.1987
    Copyright
    © Lou Klepac

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    Nora Heysen

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  • About

    After studying abroad, Nora Heysen returned to Australia in late 1937 and revisited her old studio at Hahndorf, where she was raised in the Adelaide Hills. It was here that she painted a number of exceptional, high-keyed works, including 'Corn cobs', one of her most dynamic compositions to date, before settling in Sydney the following year.

    With sumptuous, vivid colour, the painting captures the abundance of fresh corn, demonstrating Heysen's ability to source subjects from her immediate surroundings. Strong diagonal lines, created by the arrangement of the corn, heighten the dynamism of the composition. The pictorial surface is animated with short brushstrokes – exemplifying the artist's impressionistic approach – while the interplay between tone, form and light evokes a sense of immediacy in the work.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 12 publications

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