An image of Woman lounging

Russell Drysdale

(England, Australia 07 Feb 1912 – 29 Jun 1981)

Woman lounging

Not on display
Further information

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

Place of origin
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
(circa 1941)
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
Accession number
© Russell Drysdale Estate