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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)

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.). 26

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

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 80 (illus.). 71

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

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

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