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Nora Heysen
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Creator : Klepac, Lou, 1936-
Source : Nora Heysen, p. 14, 58
Place Of Creation : Sydney
Publisher : Beagle Press
Date of creation : 1989
Additional Creator : Heysen, Nora, 1911-2003
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Extract from Nora Heysen by Lou Klepac, published by Beagle Press in 1989. The extract briefly describes Heysen's experiences as a war artist in New Guinea, and shows her painting titled 'Minnie Goldstein working in the Blood Bank, Alexishafen, 1944'.

In October 1943, Heysen was appointed the first woman official war artist. Initially employed to paint studio portraits of women officers, she later travelled to New Guinea and painted many of the nurses serving there. She was interested in portraying the lighter side of war, and this drew some criticism from the director of the Australian War Art Scheme.

Related names :

Heysen, Nora

New Guinea

Period : 1939-1945
Further reading :

Bevan, Scott. Battle lines: Australian artists at war, Milsons Point, N.S.W.: Random House Australia, 2004

Churcher, Betty. The art of war, Carlton, Vic. : Miegunyah Press, 2004

Cochrane, Peter. Australians at War, Sydney: ABC Books for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2001

Heysen, Nora. Exhibition of paintings & drawings by Nora Heysen, [Adelaide: s.n.], 1933 (Adelaide: Collotype Co.)

Macdougall, Anthony. Australians at war: a pictorial history, Nobel Park, Vic.: Five Mile Press, 2002

Oppenheimer, Melanie. Australian women and war, Canberra : Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, 2008

Rutherford, Anna and James Wieland (eds.) War : Australia's creative response, St Leonards, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 1997

Speck, Catherine. Painting ghosts: Australian women artists in wartime, St Leonards, NSW: Craftsman House, 2003

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