(Australia 06 Feb 1915–16 Aug 1989)
37.6 x 25.3cm sheet
'Head of a woman' is a remarkable portrait by Donald Friend, made after a period spent in the army during World War Two, a time when he re-directed his work towards realism. Friend's objective and dispassionate observation of his subject has resulted in a sensitive and revealing image of dignified old age. There are over thirty drawings by Friend in the Gallery's collection.
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000
Lou Klepac (Australia; Croatia, b.1936) (Author), Donald Friend: a charmed life, Canberra, 2006. Checklist of works.
'On drawing' by Elizabeth Cross, pg. 22-27., Look Aug 2005, Aug 2005, 27 (colour illus.).
Barry Pearce (Australia) (Author), Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989, Sydney, 1990, 50, 51 (illus.). cat.no. 26
'Drawing it all together' by Anne Ryan, pg. 28-29., Look Oct 1997, Oct 1997, 28 (illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg (Netherlands; Australia) (Author), Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Domain, 1997, 80 (illus.). cat.no. 71
Terence Maloon (Australia) (Editor), Peter Raissis (Australia) (Editor), Michelangelo to Matisse: Drawing the figure, Domain, 1999, 58, 59 [colour illus.]. fig. 31; cat.no. 139
Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 09 Feb 1990–25 Mar 1990.
Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989, National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], 14 Apr 1990–06 Jun 1990.
Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 26 Jun 1990–19 Aug 1990.
Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998.
Michelangelo to Matisse: Drawing the figure, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 20 Nov 1999–27 Feb 2000.
Donald Friend: A charmed life, National Library of Australia, 09 Nov 2006–04 Feb 2007.