21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008
When he worked in pastel on black paper, as in this case, another dimension is added, suggesting night or something sombre.
'... I wanted to get a picture in glowing, rich autumnal colours that would convey the kind of anxiety/not anxiety, sort of melancholy of autumn. I always react fairly strongly to weather conditions. Autumn - never comfortable, particularly in England. It always conveys the ending of things to me. The idea of termination was perhaps the incentive behind this picture', Gleeson quoted in Renée Free's unpublished catalogue of James Gleeson's work.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 79.
pastel on black paper
30.7 x 47.2 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., "Gleeson/ 2.1.83".
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1995
Not on display
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Shown in 3 exhibitions
James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Apr 2003–15 Jun 2003
Fish in Australian art, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, 05 Apr 2012–26 Aug 2012
James Gleeson centenary: works from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Nov 2015–27 Jan 2016
Referenced in 1 publication
James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 78 (colour illus.), 79. cat.no. 30a