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Judy Cassab

Australia, Austria, Hungary

15 Aug 1920 - 03 Nov 2015


Leap belongs to a sustained series of paintings from the mid 1980s that developed from drawings and watercolours Cassab made of the desert landscape. In this major painting, fragments of the charcoal underdrawing appear through the colourful surface of oil paint. Apart from giving an indication of how the painting was made and adding depth to the image, it reveals the absolutely fundametal role drawing has for Cassab’s paintings of the outback.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2015




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


103.5 x 122.5 cm stretcher; 113.0 x 133.0 x 6.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, black oil "Cassab 85".


Purchased 1986


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Judy Cassab

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 11 publications


Deborah Edwards, Daphne Wallace, Margo Neale, Victoria Lynn and Sandra Byron, Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1995.

Holdsworth Galleries, Judy Cassab (1985), Sydney, 1985. 3

Anne Loxley, Art and Australia (Vol. 30, No. 4), 'Impressions of a new land - Judy Cassab and Stanislaus Rapotec interviewed', pg. 521-524, Sydney, Winter 1993, 521 (colour illus.), 522.

Elywn Lynn., Good Weekend Magazine, 'Review', Sydney, 20 Apr 1985-21 Apr 1985, 10.

Ewen McDonald, AGNSW Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 53 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce., Older Australian masters: an exhibition of works by major Australian artists executed in the later years of their careers, 'Preface', Sydney, 1991, (illus.). not paginated, no catalogue numbers

Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Earth and paradise', pg. 283-284, Sydney, 2000, 285 (colour illus.), 300.

Anne Ryan, Look, 'Vale Judy Cassab', pg. 16-17, Sydney, Feb 2016, 17 (colour illus.).

Anne Ryan, Look, 'Judy Cassab's landscapes: Celebrating her adventurous spirit', pg. 16-17, Sydney, Jul 2008, 17 (colour illus.).

Susanna Short, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Artists in dialogue with the landscape', pg. 12, Sydney, 19 Apr 1985, 12. page 12 in METRO, Arts and Entertainment section

Various, The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse, Melbourne, 1996, cover (colour illus.).