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Woman lounging

(circa 1941)


Russell Drysdale

England, Australia

07 Feb 1912 – 29 Jun 1981

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    (circa 1941)
    Media category
    Materials used
    pen and black ink, dry brush and brown ink on paper
    28.2 x 38.4 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., pen and ink "Russell Drysdale". Not dated.

    Purchased 1964
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Russell Drysdale

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  • About

    Russell Drysdale was a gifted draughtsman, and drew continually, developing his powers of observation and capturing his subjects in numerous variations. The 1940s saw his interests broaden to encompass aspects of Surrealism, as well as the work of Picasso, Modigliani and Henry Moore, which in turn informed Drysdale's renowned paintings of the Australian landscape; these works were to confirm his reputation as a major Australian artist. His work always remained centred on his sympathy for ordinary people and everyday experience.

    This drawing was made in 1941 or 1942 from memory. Drysdale had attended a party, and saw a woman leaning back into an armchair, a cigarette between her lips. 'I remember being struck with the pose and did think of painting it but never got round to it. I gave it to Sydney Ure Smith because he liked it so much' [as related to Daniel Thomas, AGNSW, by the artist]. Sydney Ure Smith (1887-1949) was an artist, publisher, collector and friend to many artists, including Drysdale.

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 6 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

Other works by Russell Drysdale

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