The miraculous draught of fishes - Luke 5
1911 - 11 Jun 2003
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
The miraculous draught of fishes - Luke V
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.
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 10 publications
Deborah Edwards, Jean Appleton - A lifetime with art, 'The Constructed Interior', pg. 87-132, Sydney, 1998, 126, 127 (colour illus.).
Observer, Sydney, 05 Mar 1960.
Catholic weekly, Sydney, 03 Mar 1960.
Daily Mirror, Sydney, 24 Feb 1960.
Unknown (Editor), Sun-Herald, Sydney, 24 Feb 1960.
Jean Appleton: Paintings 1945-1995, New South Wales, Sep 1996, Back cover (colour illus.).
The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 23 Feb 1960, (illus.).
Unknown (Editor), Sun, Sydney, 22 Feb 1960.
Blake Prize 1960, Sydney, 1960. cat.no. 1; titled 'The Miraculous Draught of Fishes'; price: 125 gns.
The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 24 Feb 1960.