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Title

Study for 'Pearl'

(circa 1940)

Artist

William Dobell

Australia, England

24 Sep 1899 - 13 May 1970

  • Details

    Date
    (circa 1940)
    Media category
    Drawing
    Materials used
    pen and brown ink, charcoal on paper
    Dimensions
    22.7 x 17.7 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Gil & Shay Docking Drawing Fund 2007
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    250.2007
    Copyright
    © Courtesy Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

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    William Dobell

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  • About

    This drawing is a study for a painting, 'Pearl' 1940, in the Gallery's collection. It dates from a significant period in the artist's career when he returned to Sydney in 1938 after nine years in London, during which him he established his reputation as a major Australian painter.

    The fluid linearity of the drawing reveals Dobell's facility as a draughtsman, evoking the fleshy thighs, contented self-absorption and disheveled appearance of his subject. Drawn from life as were all Dobell's figure studies of the period, it is a lyrical and expressive precursor to the final work, revealing Dobell’s creative process in the development of paintings.

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2007

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    Referenced in 1 publication

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