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Title

Reclining female nude (Academie Lhote),

(circa 1927-circa 1929)


Artist

Grace Crowley

Australia

28 May 1890 - 21 Apr 1979


About

'We were united in the one belief, the constructive approach to painting, and this insistence of the abstract elements in building a design was the keynote of teaching with both Lhote and Gleizes ... Although the model was used in the class, the student was discouraged from making merely a faithful record of a nude, a draped figure or a portrait. The abstract elements in line, shape and colour were introduced in order to induce the student to construct from it a design within a given space.'

Grace Crowley, 1966

This drawing was made during the artist's time in Paris, where she studied under André Lhote a leading teacher of the Cubist movement. Her strongly delineated contours and volumetric modelling of the body accords with Lhote's emphasis on the simplification of forms into basic geometry. The drawing also reveals Crowley's strong grasp of anatomy, acquired through earlier academic training at Julian Ashton's Sydney Art School.


Details


Place where the work was made

Paris France


Date

(circa 1927-circa 1929)


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pencil, pastel on buff wove paper


Dimensions

24.7 x 35.3 cm sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

not signed. not dated.


Credit

Gift of Grace Buckley 1982


Location

Not on display


Accession number

190.1982.11


Artist information

Grace Crowley

Artist profile

Works in the collection

32


Place

Where the work was made
Paris