An image of Study for 'Sleep'

James Gleeson

(Australia 21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008)

Study for 'Sleep'

Location
Not on display
Further information

Gleeson utilised bricks as imagery very early, e.g. 'We inhabit the corrosive littoral of habit' 1940, 'Structural emblems of a friend' 1941 and 'The oracle' 1948. This drawing is for the reclining male figure in 'Sleep' painted in London. His desire to reveal what lies beneath the surface, a defining theme in Gleeson's work, was illustrated for him by exposed brickwork in bombed buildings in London after the war.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 47.

Place of origin
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Year
1948
Media
Drawing
Medium
pencil, pen and blue ink, sienna and black ink wash on sketchbook page
Dimensions
14.0 x 22.6 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1993
Accession number
173.1993
Copyright
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation