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  • Published: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742748870
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 327

Joy Hester




A vivid and fascinating biography of artist Joy Hester.

A vivid and fascinating biography of artist Joy Hester.

A highly talented artist in her own right, Joy Hester's fame also derives from her marriage to Albert Tucker and her close friendship with John and Sunday Reed, arguably Australia's most influential art patrons. Dead at the age of forty, Joy Hester's life was intense and controversial. At a time when women were supposed to be modest and unassuming, Joy was larger than life: sexual, raw, earthy. Her relationship with Tucker was fraught and difficult – and ultimately unsustainable.

This book also portrays Australia's rich and vibrant artistic community, including Nolan, Vassilieff, Perceval and Boyd.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742748870
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 327

About the Author

Janine Burke

Janine Burke is the award-winning author of books of art history, biography and fiction. Between 1977 and 1982, she lectured in art history at the Victorian College of the Arts before resigning to write full time. She has degrees in art history from the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and Deakin University. She has written extensively on the Heide Circle, including Joy Hester, Dear Sun: The Letters of Joy Hester and Sunday Reed and The Eye of the Beholder: Albert Tucker's Photographs. Australian Gothic, her acclaimed biography of Tucker and the final book in the Heide quartet, The Heart Garden.
She has lectured extensively on art, curated exhibitions, written for newspapers and journals and acted as a consultant to films and documentaries.

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