An image of Composition study: seated female nude

Grace Crowley

(Australia 28 May 1890 – 21 Apr 1979)

Composition study: seated female nude

Not on display
Further information

'We were united in the one belief, the constructive approach to painting, and this insistence of the abstract elements in building a design was the keynote of teaching with both Lhote and Gleizes ... Although the model was used in the class, the student was discouraged from making merely a faithful record of a nude, a draped figure or a portrait. The abstract elements in line, shape and colour were introduced in order to induce the student to construct from it a design within a given space.'

Grace Crowley, 1966

This drawing was made during the artist's time in Paris, where she studied under André Lhote a leading teacher of the Cubist movement. Her strongly delineated contours and volumetric modelling of the body accords with Lhote's emphasis on the simplification of forms into basic geometry. The drawing also reveals Crowley's strong grasp of anatomy, acquired through earlier academic training at Julian Ashton's Sydney Art School.

Place of origin
Paris, France
(circa 1928)
pencil on thin ivory wove paper
42.0 x 32.4 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Bequest of the artist 1980
Accession number
© Reproduced with permission of Grace Crowley Estate