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Figure study: French sailor standing, one leg raised on box



Grace Crowley


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


Place where the work was made

Paris France



Media category


Materials used

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

Accession number


Artist information

Grace Crowley

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 7 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Grace Crowley, Sydney, 1975. 4

Sue Cramer and Lesley Harding, Cubism & Australian art, 'Learning Cubism', pg. 36-47, Melbourne, 2009, 39 (colour illus.).

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.). 29

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 42 (illus.). 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 AM (Curator), Project 4: Grace Crowley, Sydney, 1975. 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.