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Title

Petunias

1930

Artist

Nora Heysen

Australia

11 Jan 1911 – 30 Dec 2003

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Alternate image of Petunias by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Petunias by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Petunias by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Petunias by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Petunias by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Petunias by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Petunias by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Petunias by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Petunias by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Petunias by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Petunias by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Petunias by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Petunias by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Petunias by Nora Heysen
Alternate image of Petunias by Nora Heysen
  • Details

    Date
    1930
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    61.0 x 51.0 cm stretcher; 79.5 x 69.0 x 8.0 cm frame
    Credit
    Purchased 1930
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    828
    Copyright
    © Lou Klepac

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    'Petunias' demonstrates Nora Heysen's clear articulation of form and colour, highlighting her ability to capture the qualities and sensations inherent to her subject. The painting presents an immaculate arrangement of objects, arguably more real than reality, emphasising Heysen's poetic pursuit.

    Artist Hans Heysen, who often critiqued his daughter Nora Heysen's work, noted her treatment of 'each flower being seen somewhat separately'. This aspect of the work is central to its modernist tendencies and distinguishes her work from her father's practice. Distinct forms and their rich colouring are intrinsic to the overall design of the painting. Aligned with this vision, the tablecloth and the chinoiserie backdrops are schematically employed by the artist as a device to create flat blocks of colour in the painting.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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