An image of Of war

Joy Hester

(Australia 21 Aug 1920 – 04 Dec 1960)

Of war

Not on display
Further information

This work comes from a series of drawings made by the artist during and shortly after the Second World War, during her marriage to fellow artist Albert Tucker and about the time her first child, Sweeney, was born in 1945. Tucker had been drafted, briefly and unwillingly, into the army in 1942 and reports of the war, including footage of concentration camps shown in Melbourne, aroused strong passions in Hester – she was acutely aware of the detrimental effects of war, especially the psychological and emotional disturbance on the civilian population. She made a number of portrait drawings about this time, including ' Frightened' (also in the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection), in which the eyes of her subjects have a particular resonance and force.

circa 1945
brush and ink on ivory wove paper
20.2 x 31.6 cm sheet
Signature & date

Stamped l.r. black ink with "Joy Hester" estate stamp. Not dated.

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2015
Accession number
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