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An image of Head of a woman by Donald Friend

Donald Friend

(Australia 06 Feb 1915 – 16 Aug 1989)

Head of a woman
Media category
Materials used
pen and brown ink, wash on ivory wove paper

37.6 x 25.3 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated u.r., pen and brown ink "Donald. 45.".
Purchased 1946
Accession number
© Reproduced with permission of the Estate of Donald Friend. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Not on display
Further information

'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

Bibliography (6)

Elizabeth Cross, Look, 'On drawing', pg. 22-27, Newtown, 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.). 71

Barry Pearce, Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989, Sydney, 1990, 50, 51 (illus.). 26

Barry Pearce, Michelangelo to Matisse: drawing the figure, 'Drawing and the portrait', pg. 55-59, Sydney, 1999, 58, 59 [colour illus.]. fig. 31; 139

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

Exhibition history (4)

Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989:

Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998

Michelangelo to Matisse: Drawing the figure, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Nov 1999–27 Feb 2000

Donald Friend: A charmed life, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 09 Nov 2006–04 Feb 2007