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Title

Study for 'Pearl'

(circa 1940)


Artist

William Dobell

Australia, England

24 Sep 1899 - 13 May 1970


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


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


Artist information

William Dobell

Artist profile

Works in the collection

1,130


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Barry Pearce, Hendrik Kolenberg, Peter Raissis, Prue Davidson and Edmund Capon AM, OBE, William Dobell - the painter's progress, Sydney, 1997, 76 (colour illus.). cat.no. 24b