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joy hester

Albert Tucker (1914-1999)

(Joy Hester at Heide)  c.1940’s

silver gelatin print

Collection of State Library of Victoria

PIC 1027

I love this photograph of Joy Hester, one of Australia’s leading Modernist artists.  It’s so light-hearted and, well, joyful!  There is an accompanying photo of Joy doing a handstand, this being taken immediately afterwards.  The photographs taken by Albert Tucker at this time are so evocative of the Melbourne artworld in the 40’s, when times were tough and new thinking was aplenty.  And despite breaking new ground in intellectual and artistic circles, there was always time for frolicking at Heide.

(There is currently an exhibition of Tucker’s photographs at Heide Museum of Modern Art.)