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Title

Study for a painting


Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008


About

It was in Paris in 1947 that Gleeson first experience the incongruity of a nun in full habit with distinctive head-dress, riding a bicycle. This drawing includes nuns as shallow punts (which he termed 'nun-punts'), an image he used in a number of paintings including 'The harbour' 1948, 'The messengers' 1949 and 'The sewing circle' 1951. The drawing also reveals Gleeson's interest in dramatic subjects - disasters, fire, war - favoured by romantic and surrealist artists. This drawing was never developed into a painting.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 46.


Details


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

circa 1947-circa 1948


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pen and sienna ink, wash


Dimensions

15.8 x 12.8 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

222.1993


Artist information

James Gleeson

Works in the collection

479


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 46 (colour illus.). cat.no. 10