(Australia, England 24 Sep 1899 – 13 May 1970)
Study for 'Pearl'
- Not on display
- Further information
This drawing is a study for a painting, 'Pearl' 1940, in the Gallery's collection. It dates from a significant period in the artist's career when he returned to Sydney in 1938 after nine years in London, during which him he established his reputation as a major Australian painter.
The fluid linearity of the drawing reveals Dobell's facility as a draughtsman, evoking the fleshy thighs, contented self-absorption and disheveled appearance of his subject. Drawn from life as were all Dobell's figure studies of the period, it is a lyrical and expressive precursor to the final work, revealing Dobell’s creative process in the development of paintings.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2007
- (circa 1940)
- pen and brown ink, charcoal on paper
- 22.7 x 17.7 cm sheet
- Signature & date
- Not signed. Not dated.
- Purchased with funds provided by the Gil & Shay Docking Drawing Fund 2007
- Accession number
- © Courtesy Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.