(Australia, England 24 Sep 1899 – 13 May 1970)
22.7 x 17.7 cm sheet
This drawing is a study for a painting, 'Pearl' 1940, in the Gallery's collection. It dates from a significant period in the artist's career when he returned to Sydney in 1938 after nine years in London, during which him he established his reputation as a major Australian painter.
The fluid linearity of the drawing reveals Dobell's facility as a draughtsman, evoking the fleshy thighs, contented self-absorption and disheveled appearance of his subject. Drawn from life as were all Dobell's figure studies of the period, it is a lyrical and expressive precursor to the final work, revealing Dobell’s creative process in the development of paintings.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2007
Barry Pearce, Hendrik Kolenberg, Peter Raissis, Prue Davidson and Edmund Capon, William Dobell - the painter's progress, Sydney, 1997, 76 (colour illus.). cat.no. 24b
William Dobell the painter's progress (1997-1998):