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An image of Studies for 'Fête Champêtre, a lethal regulation' (Two reclining female figures) by James Gleeson

James Gleeson

(Australia 21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008)

Title
Studies for 'Fête Champêtre, a lethal regulation' (Two reclining female figures)
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Year
1944
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
pencil, squared
Dimensions

37.9 x 53.3 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1993
Accession number
127.1993
Copyright
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 30 (colour illus.), 36 (colour illus.). cat.no. 4a

Exhibition history (1)

James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Apr 2003–15 Jun 2003