Figure study: French sailor standing, one leg raised on box
28 May 1890 - 21 Apr 1979
Grace Crowley was a key Sydney modernist in the inter-war period. She studied for three years in Paris in the late 1920s under a number of teachers including André Lhote and Albert Gleizes. When she returned to Australia she established an art school with Rah Fizelle, where they expounded developments in modern French art for their Australian students. Crowley's own work was a modified, academic cubism based on planar geometry and dynamic symmetry. The Gallery has a large collection of drawings by Crowley, including a number of life studies.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004
pencil on buff wove paper
35.0 x 23.0 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Bequest of the artist 1980
Not on display
© Reproduced with permission of Grace Crowley Estate
Where the work was made
Shown in 6 exhibitions
Project 4 - Grace Crowley (1975), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 May 1975–08 Jun 1975
Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995
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
Sydney Moderns, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 2013–07 Oct 2013
Tamworth Regional Gallery 100th. anniversary exhibition (TBC), Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth, 01 Jun 2019–31 Dec 2019
Referenced in 7 publications
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Grace Crowley, Sydney, 1975. cat.no. 4
Nicolas Draffin, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Prints and Drawings - Australia, European and American', pg. 47-66, Sydney, 1981, 61 (illus.). cat.no. 29
Terence Maloon, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'The pedagogy of modern art: the quest for modernity by Australian artists abroad', pg. 239-251, Sydney, 2013, 241 (colour illus.), 311.
Daniel Thomas (Curator), Project 4: Grace Crowley, Sydney, 1975. cat.no. 3
Natalie Wilson, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Grace Crowley / Ralph Balson / Frank Hinder / Margel Hinder', pg. 88-103, Sydney, 2002, 88 (colour illus.), 89, 142, 147.
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 42 (illus.). cat.no. 29
Sue Cramer and Lesley Harding, Cubism & Australian art, 'Learning Cubism', pg. 36-47, Carlton, 2009, 39 (colour illus.).