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Yvonne Audette, Sun's Rebirth

Yvonne Audette, Sun's Rebirth

The Artist

Yvonne Audette is best known for two different styles of art, abstract and figurative1, 2, and forms part of a generation of prominent Australian artists that include John Olsen, Robert Klippel and William Rose. Born in Sydney on 22nd April 1930, Yvonne Audette studied at the Julian Ashton School under John Passmore and Godfrey Miller and developed a 'Cezannesque' figurative style. Between 1952 and 1966 Audette travelled overseas, firstly to America and significantly in Florence, Italy where she developed her form of abstraction. Her work is often identified with 'Art informel'  and Tachisme  3

The Work of Art

Sun's Rebirth is one of Yvonne Audette's works of art that is believed to have been executed during her time in Florence, Italy;  in 1963 and represents one of Yvonne's earliest abstract works. It also shows her experimentation in  a graffiti style which later defined her works. Acquired in 1975, the work of art  is very significant and highly prized within the University's collection.4 Although this is the only example of a Yvonne Audette work of art within the UC Collection, similar works of art can be found in the National Gallery of Victoria, Art-Bank and Melbourne University.


1  Yvonne Audette, Different Directions 1954-1966, National Gallery of Victoria, accessed 30  January 2018,

2  Alan & Susan McCulloch, The Encyclopedia of Australian Art (St Leanards, Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd , 1994) p58

3 Yvonne Audette, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Accessed 30 January 2018,

4. Noted from the Collections Management database  KE-EMu