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Title

Study for 'Madame Sophie Sesotoris (a pre-raphaelite satire)'

(1947-1948)

Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008

  • Details

    Other Title
    Five pages from a sketchbook (Study for triptych?)
    Date
    (1947-1948)
    Media category
    Drawing
    Materials used
    pen and blue ink, sienna wash on ivory wove paper
    Dimensions
    13.9 x 22.7 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    219.1993
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    James Gleeson

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  • About

    Gleeson first met Robert Klippel in London, when both were living at William Ohly's Abbey Art Centre in New Barnet, Hertfordshire, north of London. They exhibited together in 1948 at ELT Mesen's London Gallery where this painted sculpture, their first collaboration, was included. The titled derives from the sequence 'The burial of the dead' in one of TS Eliot's best-known poems 'The Waste Land' 1922.

    Eliot was read by many of Gleeson's contemporaries and has been a sustaining influence for Gleeson as well. He introduced Klippel to Eliot's poetry. As a young man, Gleeson was divided between becoming a writer or painter and the reading and writing of poetry have remained important to him throughout his life.

    Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 45.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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