Godfrey Miller studied in New Zealand, Melbourne and London, and was an influential teacher at the East Sydney Technical College from the 1940s until his death in 1964. His lattice-like paintings – comprising small geometric divisions and a restricted palette – express his enduring interest in spiritual and scientific systems, from cosmology to anthroposophy. Godfrey Miller drew the figure from life continuously with an increasing tendency towards the radical distillation of form. The figure drawings emphasise gravity, structure, rhythm and balance.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004
Seated female nude (leaning on a chair back)
pencil on ivory wove paper
38.1 x 28.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r. pencil "GM". Not dated.
Not on display
© Estate of Godfrey Miller
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Godfrey Miller 1957, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 07 Jul 1957–17 Jul 1957
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1957, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Feb 1958–16 Mar 1958
The portrait and the nude: Australian drawings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Aug 1990–28 Oct 1990
Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998
Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003
Referenced in 5 publications
Elizabeth Cross, Look, 'On drawing', pg. 22-27, Sydney, Aug 2005, 22 (colour illus.), 23, 25.
Sasha Grishin, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Roger Kemp / Godfrey Miller', pg. 104-115, Sydney, 2002, 113 (colour illus.), 145.
Hendrik Kolenberg, The portrait and the nude: Australian drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1990. cat.no. 56
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 89 (illus.). cat.no. 81
Macquarie Galleries, (Godfrey Miller), Sydney, 1957. cat.no. 12