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An image of Figure study: French sailor standing, one leg raised on box by Grace Crowley

Grace Crowley

(Australia 28 May 1890 – 21 Apr 1979)

Title
Figure study: French sailor standing, one leg raised on box
Place of origin
ParisFrance
Year
(1928)
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
pencil on buff wove paper
Dimensions

35.0 x 23.0 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of the artist 1980
Accession number
169.1980
Copyright
© Reproduced with permission of Grace Crowley Estate
Location
Not on display
Further information

Grace Crowley was a key Sydney modernist in the inter-war period. She studied for three years in Paris in the late 1920s under a number of teachers including André Lhote and Albert Gleizes. When she returned to Australia she established an art school with Rah Fizelle, where they expounded developments in modern French art for their Australian students. Crowley's own work was a modified, academic cubism based on planar geometry and dynamic symmetry. The Gallery has a large collection of drawings by Crowley, including a number of life studies.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004

Bibliography (6)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Grace Crowley, Sydney, 1975. cat.no. 4

Sue Cramer and Lesley Harding, Cubism & Australian art, 'Learning Cubism', pg. 36-47, Carlton, 2009, 39 (colour illus.).

Nicolas Draffin, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Prints and Drawings - Australia, European and American', pg. 47-66, Sydney, 1981, 61 (illus.). cat.no. 29

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 42 (illus.). cat.no. 29

Daniel Thomas (Curator), Project 4: Grace Crowley, Sydney, 1975. cat.no. 3

Natalie Wilson, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Grace Crowley / Ralph Balson / Frank Hinder / Margel Hinder', pg. 88-103, Sydney, 2002, 88 (colour illus.), 89, 142, 147.

Exhibition history (5)

Project 4 - Grace Crowley (1975), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 May 1975–08 Jun 1975

Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995

Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998

Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003

Sydney Moderns, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 2013–07 Oct 2013