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An image of Study by James Gleeson

James Gleeson

(Australia 21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008)

Study, Studies for 'St Autumn's eyes'
Media category
Materials used
pastel on black paper

30.7 x 47.2 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., "Gleeson/ 2.1.83".
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1995
Accession number
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Not on display
Further information

When he worked in pastel on black paper, as in this case, another dimension is added, suggesting night or something sombre.

'... I wanted to get a picture in glowing, rich autumnal colours that would convey the kind of anxiety/not anxiety, sort of melancholy of autumn. I always react fairly strongly to weather conditions. Autumn - never comfortable, particularly in England. It always conveys the ending of things to me. The idea of termination was perhaps the incentive behind this picture', Gleeson quoted in Renée Free's unpublished catalogue of James Gleeson's work.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 79.

Bibliography (1)

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 78 (colour illus.), 79. 30a

Exhibition history (2)

James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Apr 2003–15 Jun 2003

Fish in Australian art, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, 05 Apr 2012–26 Aug 2012