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Title

Study for 'Madame Sophie Sesotoris (a pre-raphaelite satire)'

(1947-1948)


Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008


About

Gleeson first met Robert Klippel in London, when both were living at William Ohly's Abbey Art Centre in New Barnet, Hertfordshire, north of London. They exhibited together in 1948 at ELT Mesen's London Gallery where this painted sculpture, their first collaboration, was included. The titled derives from the sequence 'The burial of the dead' in one of TS Eliot's best-known poems 'The Waste Land' 1922.

Eliot was read by many of Gleeson's contemporaries and has been a sustaining influence for Gleeson as well. He introduced Klippel to Eliot's poetry. As a young man, Gleeson was divided between becoming a writer or painter and the reading and writing of poetry have remained important to him throughout his life.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 45.


Details


Other Title

Five pages from a sketchbook (Study for triptych?)


Date

(1947-1948)


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pen and blue ink, sienna wash on ivory wove paper


Dimensions

13.9 x 22.7 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

219.1993


Artist information

James Gleeson

Artist profile

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, 45 (colour illus.). cat.no. 9