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Title

Self portrait

1932


Artist

Nora Heysen

Australia

11 Jan 1911 - 30 Dec 2003


About

I painted that self-portrait in my father’s studio – on the walls were several Vermeer prints. I greatly admired Vermeer’s works and wanted to paint like him – perhaps Vermeer and my father were my biggest influences in those days …

Nora Heysen, 1970s

Nora Heysen’s self-portrait strongly articulates her identity and ambition as a young artist, independent of her famous artist-father Hans Heysen. Characteristic of her 1930s’ paintings, 'Self portrait' is powerfully composed with precise, strongly defined forms and earthy colours recalling European masters of the early Renaissance. After undertaking study in Europe, Heysen established herself as a distinguished portrait and still-life painter. In 1938 she won the Archibald Prize, the first woman to have done so.


Details


Date

1932


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

76.2 x 61.2 cm stretcher; 96.0 x 81.0 x 6.8 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, red oil "NORA HEYSEN. 1932.".


Credit

Gift of Howard Hinton 1932


Accession number

943


Artist information

Nora Heysen

Artist profile

Works in the collection

99


Shown in 9 exhibitions

Exhibition history