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An image of Study by James Gleeson

James Gleeson

(Australia 21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008)

Title
Study, Studies for 'St Autumn's eyes'
Year
1983
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
pastel, black ink, opaque white on black paper
Dimensions

30.7 x 47.2 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., white opaque white "Gleeson 3.1.83".
Credit
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1995
Accession number
69.1995.2
Copyright
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Location
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 The idea of termination was perhaps the incentive behind this picture', Gleeson quoted in Renée Free's unpublished catalogue of James Gleeson's work.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. cat.no. 30b

Exhibition history (1)

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