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Yvonne Audette, Vaucluse, Sydney, 1968 (printed 2000)

David Moore

gelatin silver photograph

Yvonne Audette (b. 1930), painter, studied under John Passmore at the Julian Ashton School from 1948 to 1952. In 1955, she embarked on a decade of travel and study in the USA, London, France, Spain and Italy, during which she mingled freely with the cutting-edge abstractionists of the day. She returned to Sydney, but moved to Melbourne, where she still lives and works, in 1969. In 1999 the Queensland Art Gallery mounted a major show of her works from the 1950s and 1960s, and a successful commercial exhibition followed. Nonetheless, Audette remained inexplicably obscure until 2003, when a major book, Yvonne Audette Paintings and Drawings 1949–2003 appeared. Since then, she has been described as Australia’s greatest living abstract painter. The National Gallery of Victoria held a retrospective of paintings she made while living in Florence and Milan, Yvonne Audette: Different Directions 1954–1966 in 2007–2008.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Accession number: 2001.143

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Artist and subject

David Moore (age 41 in 1968)

Yvonne Audette (age 38 in 1968)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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