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Jean Bellette

Australia, Spain

1908 - 16 Mar 1991


This work was a finalist in the 1944 Sulman Prize and was acquired by the Gallery in 1944.




Media category


Materials used

oil on paper on hardboard


59.5 x 75.5 cm board; 76.8 x 92.1 x 9.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, red oil "JB". Not dated.


Purchased 1944

Accession number


Sir John Sulman Prize

- 1944

Artist information

Jean Bellette

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 16 publications


Claire Armstrong (Editor), Art and Australia (Vol. 42, No. 2), Sydney, Dec 2004-Feb 2005, 194 (colour illus.). Advertisement for the Jean Bellete touring retrospective exhibition, organised by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery & SH Ervin Gallery.

Herbert Badham, A gallery of Australian art, 'Introduction', pg. v-vii., Sydney, 1954, xi, (illus.). plate no. 51

Amanda Beresford, Art and Australia (Vol. 31, No. 3), 'Mind, myth and modernism: Revaluing Jean Bellette', pg. 372-379, Sydney, Autumn 1994, 372, 374 (colour illus.), 376.

Deborah Edwards, Daphne Wallace, Margo Neale, Victoria Lynn and Sandra Byron, Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1995.

Deborah Edwards, Stampede of the Lower Gods: Classical Mythology in Australian Art, Sydney, Sep 1989, 65.

Christine France, Amanda Beresford and Barbara Hall, Jean Bellette retrospective, Sydney, 2004, 18, 27 (colour illus.), 68, 71. no catalogue numbers

James Gleeson, Contemporary Australian painting, Unknown, 1956. not paginated, 3

Joan Kerr (Editor), Heritage: The national women's art book, Sydney, 1995, 238 (colour illus.), 239. 404. Entry by Deborah Edwards. Biography by Barbara Hall pg. 310-311.

John McDonald, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'The art of enigma', pg. 19, Sydney, 02 Apr 2005-03 Apr 2005, 19. Review of Jean Bellette Retrospective in Spectrum section.

Hal Missingham, Contemporary Australian painting from the National Collection, Sydney, circa 1946, 12. 22

National Council of Women, An exhibition of women's achievements in the arts, New South Wales, 1960. 49; Kindly lent by the AGNSW

New South Wales Society of Artists, Society of Artists Annual Exhibition, Sydney, 1944. 63; priced 50 guineas

Bernard William Smith, Place, taste and tradition: a study of Australian art since 1788, 'The modern movement in Australia', pg. 181-213, South Melbourne, 1979, 207 (illus.). plate no. 83

Laurence Thomas, Twelve Australian artists, 'Introduction', pg. 6-10, London, 1953, 18. 48

Laurie Thomas (Editor), Jubilee exhibition of Australian art, Sydney, 1951, 43. 123

Sydney Ure Smith (Editor), Present day art in Australia, Sydney, 1949, 57 (illus.).