An image of Self portrait

Nora Heysen

(Australia 11 Jan 1911 – 30 Dec 2003)

Self portrait

Location
Not on display
Further information

I painted that self-portrait in my father’s studio – on the walls were several Vermeer prints. I greatly admired Vermeer’s works and wanted to paint like him – perhaps Vermeer and my father were my biggest influences in those days …

Nora Heysen, 1970s

Nora Heysen’s self-portrait strongly articulates her identity and ambition as a young artist, independent of her famous artist-father Hans Heysen. Characteristic of her 1930s’ paintings, 'Self portrait' is powerfully composed with precise, strongly defined forms and earthy colours recalling European masters of the early Renaissance. After undertaking study in Europe, Heysen established herself as a distinguished portrait and still-life painter. In 1938 she won the Archibald Prize, the first woman to have done so.

Year
1932
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
76.2 x 61.2 cm stretcher; 96.2 x 81.0 x 5.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, red oil "NORA HEYSEN. 1932.".
Credit
Gift of Howard Hinton 1932
Accession number
943
Copyright
© Lou Klepac