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Title

Nude study - woman, back view

(circa 1930s)


Artist

Adelaide Perry

Australia

23 Jun 1891 - 19 Nov 1973


About

Adelaide Perry studied in Melbourne at the National Gallery School, where she won the Travelling Scholarship in 1920, allowing her to further her studies in London at the Royal Academy, and in Paris. She settled permanently in Sydney in 1925, where she became an influential teacher at her own art schools, the Julian Ashton School and later in life, at the Presbyterian Ladies College, Croydon.

Perry made many life drawings; this enigmatic, linear nude is typical of her exceptional draughtsmanship. She emphasised the importance of working from life, impressing upon her students that "… the only real painting is from the subject – anything else could be false" [Adelaide Perry to Hazel de Berg, 1965, oral history transcript, National Library of Australia]

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004


Details


Date

(circa 1930s)


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pencil on paper


Dimensions

51.6 x 37.9 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1975


Location

Not on display


Accession number

229.1975


Artist information

Adelaide Perry

Works in the collection

16


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Hendrik Kolenberg, The portrait and the nude: Australian drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1990. cat.no. 62

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 43 (illus.). cat.no. 31