inscribed in black paint l.l.: Lina inscribed in pencil on reverse: 'THE BABE IS WISE'(JEAN CAMPBELL) 1940 inscribed in black paint on reverse: THE BABE IS WISE - LINA BRYAN inscribed in pencil on reverse: Lina Bryans / 9 Queen St Melbn
Lina Bryans was an important part of the modern movement and a member of literary and artistic circles in Melbourne during the late 1930s and 1940s. Her vibrant paintings are characterised by bold brushwork and the expressive use of colour. In 1937, Bryans began painting portraits of her friends. Her most famous work, The babe is wise, is a portrait of the writer Jean Campbell, who had recently published a novel of the same name.