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Nora Heysen : a portrait

Author: Anne-Louise Willoughby
Publisher: Fermntle, WA : Fermantle Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The life of artist Nora Heysen was defined by an all-consuming drive to draw or paint. The first woman to win the Archibald Prize, and Australia's first female painter to be appointed an official war artist, Heysen's post-war portraiture and still lifes sustained a lifelong career. In 1989, aged 78, after years of artistic obscurity, she re-emerged on the Australian art scene, and the nation's major art institutions  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Nora Heysen; Nora Heysen
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne-Louise Willoughby
ISBN: 9781925815207 192581520X
OCLC Number: 1077789841
Description: 383 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: In the name of the father --
The Cedars --
Art school, two deals and painting herself --
Truth, art and Hitler --
Pissarro, Evie and those other men --
Nora takes her leave --
Mad Max, Mary and Archibald --
War and love --
Rations and revisitations --
Letters from a friend --
Marriage, home and another woman --
Sacred ground.
Responsibility: Anne-Louise Willoughby.

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The life of artist Nora Heysen was defined by an all-consuming drive to draw or paint. The first woman to win the Archibald Prize, and Australia's first female painter to be appointed an official war artist, Heysen's post-war portraiture and still lifes sustained a lifelong career. In 1989, aged 78, after years of artistic obscurity, she re-emerged on the Australian art scene, and the nation's major art institutions restored her position as a significant Australian artist. Extensively researched, and containing artworks and photographs from the life of Nora Heysen, this story of a driven, optimistic and resilient painter is a celebration of that restoration.

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