(Australia 11 Jan 1911 – 30 Dec 2003)
- 20th & 21st c Australian art
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'Petunias' demonstrates Nora Heysen's clear articulation of form and colour, highlighting her ability to capture the qualities and sensations inherent to her subject. The painting presents an immaculate arrangement of objects, arguably more real than reality, emphasising Heysen's poetic pursuit.
Artist Hans Heysen, who often critiqued his daughter Nora Heysen's work, noted her treatment of 'each flower being seen somewhat separately'. This aspect of the work is central to its modernist tendencies and distinguishes her work from her father's practice. Distinct forms and their rich colouring are intrinsic to the overall design of the painting. Aligned with this vision, the tablecloth and the chinoiserie backdrops are schematically employed by the artist as a device to create flat blocks of colour in the painting.
- oil on canvas
- 61.0 x 51.0 cm stretcher; 80.0 x 69.0 cm frame
- Purchased 1930
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- © Lou Klepac