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Heysen to Heysen

Selected Letters of Hans Heysen and Nora Heysen

Catherine Speck

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National Library of Aust.
01 October 2011
Heysen to Heysen is a showcase of letters between Hans and Nora Heysen from the collection of the National Library of Australia. Accompanied by carefully selected images and text by leading art historian Catherine Speck, the publication lifts the lid on a vista of Australian art.

In 1934, when Nora first travelled to London to study art, she experienced her first time away from home and the first of many, often exotic, places from where she would write home to Hahndorf, South Australia.

The correspondence between Nora and Hans continued until his death in 1968. Theirs was a close and affectionate relationship, in which father and daughter shared a lifetime of thoughts about art and life, and a mutual admiration and respect for each other’s work.

This is the first time their letters have been published to this extent.
Edited by:   Catherine Speck
Imprint:   National Library of Aust.
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 26mm
ISBN:   9780642277305
ISBN 10:   0642277303
Pages:   624
Publication Date:   01 October 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Heysen to Heysen: Selected Letters of Hans Heysen and Nora Heysen

Letter-writing was once the chief form of communication between family and friends, and this illustrated selection of letters from 1935 to Hans' death in 1968 is more than a diary of events. Both respected artists, they discuss their work, exhibitions they visited, reviews, gossip, family news and current events. Written with warmth, affection and concern, these letters are a privileged glimpse into a world now passed, and also into a loving and respectful father-daughter relationship. Lindy

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