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Title

(Male figure)


Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008


About

'Italy' was one of three paintings made in 1951 shortly after Gleeson's return from Europe. The other two were 'Spain' and 'Greece'. Of these countries, he had only visited Italy, for three months in the summer of 1948.

"I was so powerfully drawn to the Mediterranean world - a fascination which showed up in these paintings ... No one visiting Europe for the first time just after the Second World War could ignore the devastation that was the War's legacy and the accompanying sense of loss was most poignant when it focussed on places and things which have enshrined the essence of past times...", Gleeson quoted in Renee Free's unpublished working catalogue of James Gleeson's work.

There is an oil study for 'Italy' in the Gallery's collection. Frank O'Keefe, Gleeson's partner who he first met in 1948, modelled for the male figures in this painting and for a number of other paintings including 'The crucifixion' 1952 and 'Crater with revenant' 1966.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 51.


Details


Date

1951


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pen and sienna ink on pale blue paper


Dimensions

12.8 x 10.2 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

185.1993


Artist information

James Gleeson

Works in the collection

479


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 50 (colour illus.), 51. cat.no. 13d