An image of Nude study - woman, back view

Adelaide Perry

(Australia 23 Jun 1891 – 19 Nov 1973)

Nude study - woman, back view

Not on display
Further information

Adelaide Perry studied in Melbourne at the National Gallery School, where she won the Travelling Scholarship in 1920, allowing her to further her studies in London at the Royal Academy, and in Paris. She settled permanently in Sydney in 1925, where she became an influential teacher at her own art schools, the Julian Ashton School and later in life, at the Presbyterian Ladies College, Croydon.

Perry made many life drawings; this enigmatic, linear nude is typical of her exceptional draughtsmanship. She emphasised the importance of working from life, impressing upon her students that "… the only real painting is from the subject – anything else could be false" [Adelaide Perry to Hazel de Berg, 1965, oral history transcript, National Library of Australia]

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004

(circa 1930s)
pencil on paper
51.6 x 37.9 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Purchased 1975
Accession number
© Adelaide Perry Estate