(Standing male nude, back view)
25 May 1877 - 05 Mar 1906
One of the most talented and celebrated of early twentieth century Australian artists, Hugh Ramsay studied in Paris and London before establishing himself in Melbourne, but died prematurely of tuberculosis at 28 years of age. His portraits (including self portraits), figure compositions and still lifes were as admired during his own short life as they have been since. His admiration for the work of the Spanish old master Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) is apparent in all his work. Another life study of the same male figure is on the verso, also in charcoal.
excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005
black and white pastel on paper
84.2 x 30.1 cm sheet (irreg.); 101.8 x 47.3 x 3.7 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, black charcoal "HR [artist's monogram]". Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998
Bodyline, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, 03 Feb 2001–08 Apr 2001
19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005
Referenced in 4 publications
Patricia Fullerton, Hugh Ramsay: his life and work, Hawthorn East, 1988, 217 (illus.). D59
Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 124-125 (colour illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 24 (illus.). cat.no. 24
Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Member events: February 2012', pg. 40-41, Sydney, Feb 2012, 41.