Skip to content

Collection

All

Search

Australian art

View More:


Title

The sower

1944


Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008


About

I think that there was always the hope that it could influence the way people thought about war. That it could alert people to its horrors and prevent it occurring again. You see, I was born during the First World War in 1915, and my earliest experiences were with people who were in that war or remembered the war very vividly, and then, just when I was beginning to paint, the Second World War began. So war became a kind of lurking terror in my mind from infancy through to late adolescence, when it was all building up again for another one.

I had Millet’s Sower in mind when I painted it. This is a 20th-century ‘Sower’ and the dislocated limbs represent humanity out of gear, the bleak landscape represents the present period, whereas Millet’s landscape showed fertility.

James Gleeson, 1993


Details


Date

1944


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

76.2 x 50.8 cm stretcher; 90.5 x 65.0 x 4.4 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, pale blue oil "'44/ Gleeson".


Credit

Purchased 1966


Location

Not on display


Accession number

OA13.1966


Artist information

James Gleeson

Artist profile

Works in the collection

479


Shown in 9 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 16 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 112 (colour illus.).

Helen Campbell, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Out of Sydney: city and hinterlands', pg. 185-186, Sydney, 2000, 204 (colour illus.), 300.

Dulcie Deamer., Truth, '"Art" in Callan Park style', Sydney, 02 Jul 1944, unknown. Review of CAS exhibition.

Deborah Edwards., Australian Collection Focus: James Gleeson & Robert Klippel Madame Sophie Sesostoris (a pre-raphaelite satire) 1947-48, 'Below the surface: James Gleeson & Robert Klippel Madame Sophie Sesostoris (a pre-raphaelite satire) 1947-48', Sydney, 1998.

Bruce James, Australian painters of the twentieth century, 'James Gleeson', pg. 124-135, Sydney, 2000, 128 (colour illus.), 129, 131.

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 150 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, 'Introduction', pg. 11-16, Sydney, 2003, 11, 13, 14, 24, 38 (colour illus.).

John McDonald, Federation: Australian art and society 1901-2001, Canberra, 2000, 139 (colour illus.), 257.

Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pg. 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 27.

Andrew Sayers, Australian art, 'Art, myth and society: the Australian avant-garde 1939-50', pg. 154-173, Oxford, 2001, 156, 157 (illus.). plate no. 87

Colin Simpson., Sun, 'Arts Angry Penguins on show', Sydney, 02 Jul 1944, unknown. Review of CAS exhibition.

Sydney Ure Smith (Editor), Present day art in Australia, Sydney, 1949, 73 (colour illus.).

Sydney Ure Smith (Editor), Present day art in Australia, Sydney, 1949, 32 (colour illus.). Collection of L.L. Gilbert, Esq.

Donald Williams, In our own image: the story of Australian art, Sydney, 1995, 124 (colour illus.).

Donald Williams, In our own image: the story of Australian art, Sydney, 2002, 135 (colour illus.), 137.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, Sydney, Apr 1967, (illus.).