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A year in review

Left Image: CHARLES BLACKMAN Boy in the Bush 1954. Sold for $105,400. Right Image: CHARLES BLACKMAN Trumpeter 1954. Sold for $179,800



A year in review

As the auction calendar for 2018 draws to a close and we look back on the year that was, we have borne witness to new records and strong results for post-war modernist artists. Collectors continue to be drawn to this transformative period of Australian art, and this is highlighted more than ever when significant and unseen works appear on the market.

One of the most thrilling results of 2018 was Joy Hester’s painting Girl with Cocky c. 1947 which sold for $322,400, awarding Hester the enhanced market recognition she has long deserved. Coupled with consistently strong prices for her drawings throughout the year, it seems that collectors are now more keenly appreciating her contribution to the artistic and social history of Australia in harmony
with her contemporaries and fellow members of
the Angry Penguins.

The Hester painting, Girl with Cocky, and two striking paintings by Charles Blackman, formed part of the collection of Roger and Wivine De Stoop, who arrived Australia in 1952 from Belgium and established a textile manufacturing company. During the cataloguing process, we learned of the important role they played as patrons. Roger first met Blackman at Georges and Mirka Mora’s restaurant Balzac, and went on to establish a friendship and offer a level of support that played a significant part in the development of Blackman’s iconic Alice in Wonderland series.

2018 sadly marked the end of an era with the passing of Charles Blackman and Mirka Mora. They both left an extraordinary legacy, as two of this country’s most talented and much-loved artists, creating as they did, some of the most iconic images of the twentieth century.

Sophie Ullin
National Head of Art
03 8825 5609 | 0407 360 513


JOY HESTER (1920-1960)
Girl with Cocky c.1957
oil on paper on board, 49 x 62cm
Sold for $322,400

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