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Title

Head of a woman

1945


Artist

Donald Friend

Australia

06 Feb 1915 - 16 Aug 1989


About

'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


Details


Date

1945


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pen and brown ink, wash on ivory wove paper


Dimensions

37.6 x 25.3 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated u.r., pen and brown ink "Donald. 45.".


Credit

Purchased 1946


Location

Not on display


Accession number

7649


Artist information

Donald Friend

Works in the collection

57


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Elizabeth Cross, Look, 'On drawing', pg. 22-27, Sydney, Aug 2005, 27 (colour illus.).

Lou Klepac, Donald Friend: a charmed life, Canberra, 2006. Checklist of works.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 80 (illus.). cat.no. 71

Barry Pearce, Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989, Sydney, 1990, 50, 51 (illus.). cat.no. 26

Barry Pearce, Michelangelo to Matisse: drawing the figure, 'Drawing and the portrait', pg. 55-59, Sydney, 1999, 58, 59 [colour illus.]. fig. 31; cat.no. 139

Anne Ryan, Look, 'Drawing it all together', pg. 28-29, Heidelberg, Dec 1997, 28 (illus.).