The figure in this drawing is embroidering her abdomen with a flower. Gleeson developed this further in the painting 'Primavera' in which the figure of Spring, enveloped by branches, has an embroidered torso. There are three additional studies for 'Primavera' in the AGNSW collection.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 53.
(Naked girl sewing her abdomen)
black and brown conté
29.0 x 21.6 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
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