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Title

Life study (John Passmore, artist, reclining)

circa 1933


Artist

Adelaide Perry

Australia

23 Jun 1891 - 19 Nov 1973


About

Adelaide Perry had a remarkable facility for drawing. Her perceptive and angular rendering of form was acutely expressed in drawings from life, including portraiture, still life and the nude. As a teacher of art to aspiring professionals as well as children, she utilised life drawing and printmaking in instructing others, as well as in her own practice.

Life study (John Passmore, artist, reclining) presents one of Perry’s artist contemporaries, the painter John Passmore, as life model. This large drawing renders the subject’s sinewy body and limbs posed in awkward angles to create a dynamic and complex rending of form. The Gallery has a portrait head of Passmore drawing by Perry from the same period (Portrait of John Passmore c.1933, AGNSW Purchased 1975).


Details


Date

circa 1933


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pencil on thin smooth cream wove paper


Dimensions

40.5 x 24.0 cm image; 45.0 x 32.0 cm sight/image


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Gil & Shay Docking Drawing Fund 2018


Location

Not on display


Accession number

10.2018


Artist information

Adelaide Perry

Works in the collection

19