recto: (Kneeling figure) verso: (Partial study of a leg)
29 Sep 1891 - 20 May 1974
This rare drawing was made by Ian Fairweather while he was a student at the Slade School in London between 1920 and 24. The Slade School had a strong focus on figure drawing, as the foundation of art, and promoted a formulaic approach to drawing the figure that emphasised anatomical correctness. Fairweather approached his subject with his characteristic lyricism and subtlety, suggesting form through tone rather than line, and reveal his comprehension of movement and structure.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004
sanguine on buff wove paper
24.8 x 23.9 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Gil & Shay Docking Drawing Fund 1998
Not on display
© Ian Fairweather/DACS. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Ian Fairweather (1984), Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, 18 May 1984–14 Jun 1984
The drawings of Ian Fairweather (1997-1998):
Australian Collection Focus: some recent acquisitions: - Nolan, Boyd, Fairweather, Rees (2010), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Oct 2010–09 Jan 2011
Referenced in 4 publications
Philip Bacon, Ian Fairweather, Brisbane, 1984, 18.
Ian Fairweather, 'The Slade School', pg. 14-17, Sydney, 2009, 15 (illus.), 245. figure no. 3; cat.no. 3
Tim Fisher, The drawings of Ian Fairweather, Port Melbourne, 1997, 7 (illus.), 62.
Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1999, Sydney, 1999, 18 (colour illus.).