The sleeping Greek
24 Sep 1899 - 13 May 1970
Head of a Greek [1950 Acquisition book]
Sleeping Greek [1959 Queensland Art Gallery Society exhibition]
oil on canvas on hardboard
38.0 x 32.7 cm board; 52.5 x 47.0 x 5.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, red oil "W DOBELL". Not dated.
Gift of the Society of Artists in memory of its President Sydney Ure Smith 1950
Not on display
© Courtesy Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.
Where the work was made
Shown in 11 exhibitions
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1950, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Feb 1951–22 Apr 1951
Contemporary Australian painting (1957), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, Feb 1957–Mar 1957
The art of William Dobell (1959), Finney's Art Gallery, Brisbane, 11 Aug 1959–11 Sep 1959
Australian Painting: Colonial, Impressionist, Contemporary (1962-63), National Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 17 Mar 1962–31 Mar 1962
William Dobell: Paintings from 1926 - 1964 (1964), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Jul 1964–30 Aug 1964
Aspects of Australian art: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1976, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1976–1977
William Dobell the painter's progress (1997-1998):
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 14 Feb 1997–27 Apr 1997
- Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle 07 May 1997–06 Jul 1997
- Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Bulleen 29 Jul 1997–21 Sep 1997
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 25 Oct 1997–07 Dec 1997
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 08 Jan 1998–01 Mar 1998
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Wellconnected - Dobell & Company, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul, 12 May 2001–17 Jun 2001
Well connected: Dobell & company, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul, 12 May 2001–17 Jun 2001
Human interest - Roberts to Dobell, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul, 17 Jan 2003–09 Mar 2003
Referenced in 19 publications
Scott Bevan, Bill: the life of William Dobell, 'Art and war', pg. 84-129, Cammeray, 2014, 89, 425.
Brian Finemore, Painting, 'Introduction', pg. 4-5, London, 1961, 3, 5, 29, 29 (illus.).
James Gleeson, The drawings of William Dobell in the Australian National Gallery, 'The Cypriot', pg. 34, Canberra, 1992, 34.
John Hook, Brought to Light: Australian Art 1850–1965 from the Queensland Art Gallery collection, 'Two Views of Dobell. William Dobell The Cypriot' [overall title of chapter], 'Dobell and Modern Mannerism' by Timothy Morrell' and 'Substance and Spirit', pg. 158-163, Brisbane, 1998, 160 (illus.).
Robert Lindsay., Aspects of Australian Art: Art Gallery of New South Wales travelling art exhibition 1976, 'William Dobell', Sydney, 1976, (illus.). cat.no. 46; not paginated
Hal Missingham., William Dobell, 'Foreword', Brisbane, 1959, (colour illus.). cat.no. 6; not paginated
Hal Missingham, Contemporary Australian painting, 'Introduction', pg. 5-6, Auckland, 1957, 9. cat.no. 10
Ross Moore, Outrage, 'The bottom line', pg. 36-39, Melbourne, Mar 1997, 36-39, 39 (colour illus.).
Barry Pearce, William Dobell - the painter's progress, 'Introduction', pg. 9-22, Sydney, 1997, 15, 32, 44, 45 (colour illus.), 144. cat.no. 9
Meryl Ryan, Well connected: Dobell and company, 'The thing one remembers', Lake Macquarie, 2001, inside brochure insert (illus.). cat.no. 2; brochure insert not paginated
Jill Stowell, The Newcastle herald, 'Collection shows fine eye for human form', pg. 14, Newcastle, 01 Feb 2003, 14N. Review of exhibition 'Human Interest' held at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.
Sydney Ure Smith (Editor), Present day art in Australia, Sydney, 1949, 12 (colour illus.). Collection of Sydney Ure Smith Esq, O.B.E.
Judith White, Australian art collector, 'Yours sincerely: William Dobell', pg. 56-59, Sydney, Apr 2000-Jun 2000, 59.
Jane Hylton, William Dobell: portraits in context, 'William Dobell: a brief biography', pg. 30-32, Kent Town, 2003, 30.
Unknown, Human interest, Lake Macquarie, 2003. cat.no. 11; Checklist entry
Helen Verity Hewitt, Patrick White, painter, manqué: paintings, painters and their influence on his writing, '"The Tree of Man was never quiet"', pg. 28-35, Carlton, 2002, 29.
William Splatt and Barbara Burton, 100 masterpieces of Australian painting, Adelaide, 1973, 144, 145 (colour illus.). plate no. 69
The Adelaide Festival of Arts 1962: Special exhibitions at the National Gallery of South Australia, 'Australian Painting: Colonial, Impressionist, Contemporary', Adelaide, 1962. not paginated, cat.no. 111
Wendy Symonds (Editor), Look, Heidelberg, Feb 1997, cover (colour illus.).