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An image of Composition study: seated female nude by Grace Crowley

Grace Crowley

(Australia 28 May 1890 – 21 Apr 1979)

Title
Composition study: seated female nude
Place of origin
ParisFrance
Year
(circa 1928)
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
pencil on thin ivory wove paper
Dimensions

42.0 x 32.4 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of the artist 1980
Accession number
171.1980
Copyright
© Reproduced with permission of Grace Crowley Estate
Location
Not on display
Further information

'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.

Bibliography (5)

Nicolas Draffin, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Prints and Drawings - Australia, European and American', pg. 47-66, Sydney, 1981, 62 (illus.). cat.no. 30

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 42 (illus.). cat.no. 30

Hendrik Kolenberg, The portrait and the nude: Australian drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1990. cat.no. 19

Elena Taylor, Grace Crowley: being modern, Canberra, 2006, 17 (colour illus.), 59. NOTE: date of work (circa 1928)

Daniel Thomas (Curator), Project 4: Grace Crowley, Sydney, 1975. cat.no. 17

Exhibition history (5)

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

The portrait and the nude: Australian drawings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Aug 1990–28 Oct 1990

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

Bodyline, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, 03 Feb 2001–08 Apr 2001

Grace Crowley: being modern: