This is a rare study for the central male figure of the middle panel of a triptych, painted thirteen years after the drawing. Male figures in Gleeson's paintings from the 1950s and 60s were generally based on photographs in physical culture magazines, rather than on studies from life.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 55.
Study of male figure
pen and black ink on violet/grey wash
25.4 x 18.3 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Dated l.r., pen and black ink "10.9.53".
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1993
Not on display
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Shown in 1 exhibition
James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Apr 2003–15 Jun 2003
Referenced in 1 publication
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 54 (colour illus.), 55. cat.no. 16