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The miraculous draught of fishes - Luke 5



Jean Appleton


1911 – 11 Jun 2003

  • Details

    Other Title
    The miraculous draught of fishes - Luke V
    Place where the work was made
    Pymble Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on hardboard
    91.5 x 121.9 cm board; 95.6 x 126.1 x 4.3 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. corner, black oil "Jean Appleton". Not dated.

    Purchased 1960
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Art Gallery of New South Wales

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    Jean Appleton

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  • About

    In a letter, dated 26 December 1960, to the curator of Australian art, Daniel Thomas, the artist wrote:

    "The 'Miraculous Draught of Fishes' was begun at the end of 1959 and completed in January 1960. It was one of many paintings which I have been working on for the last two or three years in which the sea has been the major subject. The 'Miracuous Draught' was a theme that I had been concerned with for some time, and one which I hope to develop further. Of two accounts of a great draught of fishes in the New Testament, the dramatic beautry of the one in Luke, with the breaking of the nets and the sinking ships, seemed to have a sort of tension and richness which, to me (at that moment, anyway) had to be expressed in paint, rather than the calmer story as told in John, chapter 25".

    The painting was awarded the Darcy Morris Memorial Prize for a scriptural subject at the 1960 Blake Prize competition, in which this work was entered and subsequently exhibited.

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 10 publications

Other works by Jean Appleton

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