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Portrait 25

September - November 2007

This issue of Portrait Magazine features Kym Bonython, Florence Broadhurst, Frank Fenner, Henri Matisse, animated portraits and more.

Portrait of Kym Bonython/Portrait of Mr Bonython's speedway cap, 1963-66 John Brack
Portrait of Kym Bonython/Portrait of Mr Bonython's speedway cap, 1963-66 John Brack
Portrait of Kym Bonython/Portrait of Mr Bonython's speedway cap, 1963-66 John Brack

Somewhere to hang your cap

by Beatrice Thompson

A pair of portraits by John Brack; Portrait of Kym Bonython and Portrait of Mr Bonython's speedway cap combine to create a quirky depiction of their subject.

Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert
Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert
Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert

Money and swat

by Andrew Sayers AM

Andrew Sayers discusses the real cost of George Lambert's Self portrait with gladioli 1922.

Portrait of Florence Broadhurst, 1968 Joshua Smith
Portrait of Florence Broadhurst, 1968 Joshua Smith
Portrait of Florence Broadhurst, 1968 Joshua Smith

Be bold

by Katherine Russell

The name of Florence Broadhurst, one of Australia’s most significant wallpaper and textile designers, is now firmly cemented in the canon of Australian art and design.

Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae
Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae
Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae

The highest honour

by Michael Desmond

Bringing eminent scientist Frank Fenner and artist Jude Rae together for the National Portrait Gallery commission was like matchmaking.

Step by Step
Step by Step
Step by Step

Journey into Headspace...

by Katherine Russell

The theme for the National Portrait Gallery's eighth exhibition of student portraiture was The Journey.

Themes and variations (Annelies) A13, 1946
Themes and variations (Annelies) A13, 1946
Themes and variations (Annelies) A13, 1946

Listening to form

by Jane Kinsman

National Gallery of Australia curator Jane Kinsman discusses the portraiture of Henri Matisse.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber
Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber
Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

Cook in context

by Diana Warnes

Robert Oatley's continuing benefaction has helped the National Portrait Gallery acquire works that add another layer to the story of Captain Cook.

Kate Hattam, 1956 Clifton Pugh
Kate Hattam, 1956 Clifton Pugh
Kate Hattam, 1956 Clifton Pugh

Melbourne experience

by Diana Warnes

Diana Warnes explores the lives of Hal and Katherine 'Kate' Hattam through their portraits painted by Fred Williams and Clifton Pugh.

Personal Hygiene, 2007
Personal Hygiene, 2007
Personal Hygiene, 2007

Shifting pixels

by Gillian Raymond

In 2007 the National Portrait Gallery produced its first online exhibition featuring the animated self portraits created by some of Australia’s most innovative visual artists and animators.

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