An image of Study for a painting

James Gleeson

(Australia 21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008)

Study for a painting

Location
Not on display
Further information

It was in Paris in 1947 that Gleeson first experience the incongruity of a nun in full habit with distinctive head-dress, riding a bicycle. This drawing includes nuns as shallow punts (which he termed 'nun-punts'), an image he used in a number of paintings including 'The harbour' 1948, 'The messengers' 1949 and 'The sewing circle' 1951. The drawing also reveals Gleeson's interest in dramatic subjects - disasters, fire, war - favoured by romantic and surrealist artists. This drawing was never developed into a painting.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 46.

Place of origin
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Year
circa 1947-circa 1948
Media
Drawing
Medium
pen and sienna ink, wash
Dimensions
15.8 x 12.8 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1993
Accession number
222.1993
Copyright
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation