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Title

Study for a painting

circa 1947-circa 1948

Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Date
    circa 1947-circa 1948
    Media category
    Drawing
    Materials used
    pen and sienna ink, wash
    Dimensions
    15.8 x 12.8 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    222.1993
    Copyright
    © Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation

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    James Gleeson

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    Works in the collection

    501

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  • About

    It was in Paris in 1947 that Gleeson first experience the incongruity of a nun in full habit with distinctive head-dress, riding a bicycle. This drawing includes nuns as shallow punts (which he termed 'nun-punts'), an image he used in a number of paintings including 'The harbour' 1948, 'The messengers' 1949 and 'The sewing circle' 1951. The drawing also reveals Gleeson's interest in dramatic subjects - disasters, fire, war - favoured by romantic and surrealist artists. This drawing was never developed into a painting.

    Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 46.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Sydney

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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