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Sketch for 'The battle of the Centaurs and Lapiths'

1978


Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008


About

According to Greek mythology, the Lapiths and the Centaurs were neighbouring tribes in Thessaly in Greece. The Lapiths were as civilised as the Centaurs were wild and unrestrained. The King of the Lapiths, Pirithous, invited the Centaurs to his wedding, but a battle broke out when the Centaurs, inflamed by wine, attempted to abduct the women at the feast, including the bride Hippodamia. Many Centaurs were killed in the ensuing fight, and the rest were drived out of Thessaly. This battle was depicted frequently in ancient art, including the sculptures along the outer sides (metopes) of the Parthenon.

Nineteen drawings from Pad 3 are devoted to this subject. Again, it is the power of the story and of the notion of a half man-half beast that most interested Gleeson.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 64.


Details


Date

1978


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

charcoal on cream paper


Dimensions

30.5 x 47.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, charcoal "Gleeson/ 20.12.78".


Credit

Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1994


Location

Not on display


Accession number

90.1994


Artist information

James Gleeson

Artist profile

Works in the collection

479


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 64 (colour illus.). cat.no. 22