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Two Striking Portraits of Women Enter Australia’s Queensland Art Gallery Collection

QUEENSLAND.- The Queensland Art Gallery is celebrating the entry of two striking portraits of women into its Australian collection — Lucile 1937, by Australian artist Peter Purves Smith and Self portrait 1938 by Australian artist Nora Heysen. Arts Minister Rachel Nolan said the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation had achieved its 2011 Appeal target to acquire Purves Smith’s portrait of Lucile Stephens (1916–2003), and had received funds from Philip Bacon, AM, to acquire Nora Heysen’s Self portrait. “I’m delighted these wonderful works have been acquired, thanks to the generosity of the Gallery’s Foundation members and Gallery Members.” she said. “These striking portraits are now displayed in the Modern Art and Australia display in the Australian Art Galleries at the Queensland Art Gallery. “Together, the works, by prominent Australian artists, make