Joy Hester

Author(s): Janine Burke

Biography and Memoir

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


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Janine Burke is the award-winning author of fifteen 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, was published by Knopf in 2002 and the final book in the Heide quartet, The Heart Garden, a biography of Sunday Reed, was released in in She has lectured extensively on art, curated exhibitions, written for newspapers and journals and acted as a consultant to films and documentaries. Dr Burke has the approval and co-operation of the Freud Museum, London, where the collection is currently housed.

General Fields

  • : 9781740511339
  • : Random House Australia
  • : Vintage (Australia)
  • : 0.314
  • : December 2001
  • : 197mm X 131mm X 25mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Janine Burke
  • : Paperback
  • : 352
  • : colour illustrations, colour portraits