National Library of Australia: A Glimpse Into The Heysen Archive

Posted by Jean-Yves on Jun 19, 2017

The Heysen name is now well known within Australia. Artists Hans and Nora Heysen, father and daughter, left an enduring legacy and their works and lives can be richly experienced in the National Library’s expansive archive. A Collection Conversation reveals the depth of the Library’s collection and provides insight into the lives of Hans and Nora.

Both artists, having quickly ascended the heights of the Australian art world, experienced long periods of neglect for different reasons. Hans’ work was seen by many to be conservative and traditional in the face of modernism, which became the prevailing mode of representation and expression in the mid-20th century.

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