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Nora Heysen: A Portrait

Written by 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.


‘In this exemplary biography, a tender and complex portrait emerges of a tough and vulnerable artist – as all women artists must be.’ Janine Burke


ISBN 9781925815207 (Paperback)
Formats C Format (230 x 152mm) (Paperback)
Categories Non Fiction
Art & Photography
Book Club Reads
New Releases
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2019
Pages 384
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    Anne-Louise Willoughby

    Anne-Louise Willoughby worked as a journalist in a career that spanned thirty years in Western Australia, first training as a newspaper cadet in the 1970s before moving to magazine publishing with Australian Consolidated Press. As a freelance journalist, she was a feature writer for Australian newspapers and contributing WA editor to Belle Magazine. Anne-Louise has worked as a lecturer and tutor in creative writing at the University of Western Australia with a particular interest in memoir and biography. She lives in Fremantle, Western Australia.  Read more