(Australia 21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008)
37.9 x 53.3 cm sheet
These studies for 'Fête Champêtre, a lethal regulation' reveal Glesson's command over the drawing of male and female figures from life. The Australian poet Roland Robinson (1912-92) posed for the monochrome study of two male figures. A fête champêtre (which translates as a festival or celebration in the countryside) is an archetypal genre subject. One of the earliest and best known is Titian's 'Concert champêtre' circa 1510, in the Louvre, Paris (formerly attributed to Giorgione).
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 37.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 30 (colour illus.), 36 (colour illus.). cat.no. 4a
James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Apr 2003–15 Jun 2003