Cover art for Nora Heysen: A Portrait
Fremantle Press, March 2019
Softcover, 384 pages
22.9cm × 15.2cm × 2.5cm

Nora Heysen: A Portrait

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Hahndorf artist Nora Heysen was the first woman to win the Archibald Prize, and Australia's first female painter to be appointed as an official war artist. A portraitist and a flower painter, Nora Heysen's life was defined by an all-consuming drive to draw and paint.

In 1989, aged 78, Nora re-emerged on the Australian art scene as the nation's major art institutions restored her position after years of artistic obscurity. Extensively researched by the author, Nora Heysen- a portrait is the first biography of the artist, and it has been enthusiastically embraced by the Heysen family.

Reviewed by Bill

Bill is the Buyer for Boffins, so blame him when you don’t find the book you want. He reads widely, particularly non-fiction, and reviews books monthly on Wednesdays with Gareth Parker on radio station 6PR.

We all know about Hans Heysen, the South Australian artist famous for his watercolours of gum trees, we know less about his daughter Nora. She was an artist too, and a great one, with some noteable firsts. The first woman to win the famous Archibald Prize for portraiture (in 1938). In 1943 she was appointed to be our first official woman war artist, and produced 62 wonderful paintings and 102 drawings of our women’s services in the Pacific theatre of war. Her beautiful flower paintings, and her still lifes, are probably her most intimate works. Her friends included artists Camille Pissaro (through his daughter) and Jeffrey Smart. Her life was unconventional and fragmented, and very interesting to anyone who wants to understand the life of an artist. This fascinating book, with colour reproductions of Nora Heysen’s works, will make a wonderful gift.


Recommended by Marijke Mcdonald

Marijke is the Customer Service Supervisor at Boffins and has been a Boffin for over five years, and a bird fanatic for even longer. She reads anything interesting.

This biography of one of Australia’s premier woman artists restores her to her rightful place in our history.

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