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Title

(Figure study, nude holding a book)


Artist

Grace Crowley

Australia

28 May 1890 - 21 Apr 1979


About

'We were united in the one belief, the constructive approach to painting, and this insistence of the abstract elements in building a design was the keynote of teaching with both Lhote and Gleizes ... Although the model was used in the class, the student was discouraged from making merely a faithful record of a nude, a draped figure or a portrait. The abstract elements in line, shape and colour were introduced in order to induce the student to construct from it a design within a given space.'

Grace Crowley, 1966

This drawing was made during the artist's time in Paris, where she studied under André Lhote a leading teacher of the Cubist movement. Her strongly delineated contours and volumetric modelling of the body accords with Lhote's emphasis on the simplification of forms into basic geometry. The drawing also reveals Crowley's strong grasp of anatomy, acquired through earlier academic training at Julian Ashton's Sydney Art School.


Details


Other Title

Figure study: Nude seated, holding book [Project 4]


Place where the work was made

Paris France


Date

(1928-1929)


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pencil on buff wove paper


Dimensions

35.4 x 24.6 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of the artist 1980


Location

Not on display


Accession number

170.1980


Artist information

Grace Crowley

Works in the collection

14


Place

Where the work was made
Paris

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Grace Crowley, Sydney, 1975. catalogue no: 12

Renée Free, Modernism 1900-1950: prints and drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1994.

Daniel Thomas (Curator), Project 4: Grace Crowley, Sydney, 1975. cat.no. 12; titled 'Figure study: Nude seated, holding book'

Helen Topliss, Modernism and Feminism Australian Women Artists 1900-1940, 'Grace Crowley: the Impact of Paris', pg. 70-79, Sydney, 1996, 71(illus.), 74. Illustration 22