(Australia 21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008)
15.8 x 12.8 cm sheet
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.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 46 (colour illus.). cat.no. 10
James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Apr 2003–15 Jun 2003