Nora Heysen: A Portrait
Written by Anne-Louise Willoughby
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.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘In this exemplary biography, a tender and complex portrait emerges of a tough and vulnerable artist – as all women artists must be.’ Janine Burke
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