Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art
National Gallery of Victoria
‘Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art’ chronicles the practices of both artists through captivating images depicting people, still lifes, interiors, and nature as well as lifelong correspondence displaying an artistic syncretism and generative relationship between father and daughter. Written contributions by Angela Hesson, Allan Campbell, Anne Gray, Tracey Lock, Catherine Speck, and Chris Heysen highlight their work methods, inspirations and concerns of 20th-century Australian art and society, while paintings, sketches and studies demonstrate consistency and deep connection to place, and a shared reverence for the natural world. Their stories, individual and intertwined, provide a framework to chosen composition and motif while two photographs epitomise their passion for artmaking: Hans painting in the field and Nora sketching away in her studio.