Study for 'Guarding against euphoria'
21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008
This drawing was made during the time of the US-led Gulf war with Iraq in 1990:
'I think it was some General involved in the war who said 'we must guard against euphoria', because they were winning ... that struck a chord and I wanted to say 'Guard against Euphoria', James Gleeson 27 August 2002.
War has been a subject for Gleeson from the start. As a boy he experienced the legacy of the First World War and he was an adult through the Second World War. Conflicts in various parts of the world continue to provide him with subject matter for his work.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 93.
charcoal, paper collage, wash on white wove paper
37.8 x 51.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., charcoal "Gleeson 24.2.89".
Gift of the artist 2001
Not on display
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 1 publication
James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 93 (colour illus.). cat.no. 40