Jean Bellette

(Australia, Spain 1908 – 16 Mar 1991)

Greek girl

Location
Not on display
Further information

Included in Jean Bellette’s final solo exhibition at Holdsworth Galleries in 1976, 'Greek girl' 1975–76 is representative of the final phase of the artist’s career. Bellete and her husband, German-Swiss artist/art critic Paul Haefliger, left Sydney in 1957 for the Spanish island of Majorca, acquiring a farm in Fornalutx where Bellette lived until her death in 1991 (Haefliger died in 1982).The works from this period draw on the historical and aesthetic characteristics of Bellette’s adopted home.

In 'Greek girl', a single female figure, partially cut from the composition, is depicted standing on the far left of the picture plane, back turned against a typically Mediterranean terrain with eyes closed and arms extended.
Restraint in treatment and colour featured in earlier works has been replaced with painterly expression and lighter tones of yellow, white and purple. Mythology and timelessness, however, epitomized by the monumentality of this classical figure and ancient landscape, are retained.

Place of origin
Majorca, Spain
Year
1975-1976
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
97.3 x 162.8 cm stretcher; 111.0 x 176.8 x 3.8 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.r., black oil "JB". Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of Margaret Olley 2012
Accession number
199.2012