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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


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.

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.

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

Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1995.

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

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

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

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

Jubilee exhibition of Australian art, Sydney, 1951, 43. 123

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

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

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

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.

Jean Bellette retrospective, Sydney, 2004, 18, 27 (colour illus.), 68, 71. no catalogue numbers

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.