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Study for 'Guarding against euphoria'



James Gleeson


21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008

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  • Details

    Media categories
    Drawing , Collage
    Materials used
    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
    Accession number
    © Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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