(Australia 06 Feb 1915 – 16 Aug 1989)
37.6 x 25.3 cm 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, Donald Friend: a charmed life, Canberra, 2006. Checklist of works.
Elizabeth Cross, Look, 'On drawing', pg. 22-27, Newtown, Aug 2005, 27 (colour illus.).
Barry Pearce, Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989, Sydney, 1990, 50, 51 (illus.). cat.no. 26
Anne Ryan, Look, 'Drawing it all together', pg. 28-29, Heidelberg, Oct 1997, 28 (illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 80 (illus.). cat.no. 71
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
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