An image of Le Grand Palais, Clemenceau, De Gaulle and me

Kevin Connor

(Australia 1932 – )

Le Grand Palais, Clemenceau, De Gaulle and me

Not on display
Further information

'I love drawing in Paris in my sketchbook, just wandering about drawing people. I did a drawing in my sketchbook outside the Grand Palais and this statue of Clemenceau is there and very small, at the bottom right-hand side of the picture
you can see the new statue of De Gaulle … ' (Kevin Connor, from ABC interview, 4 August 2005).

Kevin Connor’s expressive, atmospheric drawing is a vivid evocation of the artist’s abiding love of French art, history and culture. Connor has visited the French capital regularly since the 1950s, with annual trips more recently to work for
short concentrated periods. While walking adjacent to the Grand Palais during a visit in 2003, he found himself in direct line of view with two statues of Clemenceau and De Gaulle, and was inspired to make a pen and ink sketch as they appeared to him: two figures seen in dramatic perspective, from the grand-scale foreground rear view of Clemenceau with greatcoat and fluttering scarf, to the distant profile of De Gaulle, striding through a wintry parkland of wiry, leafless trees (ill in Hendrik Kolenberg, Sketchbook drawings by Kevin Connor in Sydney, Paris and London, AGNSW, Sydney, 2006). On working up his sketch to this larger drawing two years later, he inserted a small portrait of himself at work on the scene, at bottom left, in witty conjunction with these two elder statesmen.

This work won the Dobell Prize for Drawing in 2005 and was acquired by the Gallery in 2005.

Place of origin
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
charcoal on white wove paper
102.0 x 150.0 cm sheet; 120.0 x 168.2 x 4.5 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., charcoal "Connor '05".

Gift of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation 2005
Accession number
© Kevin Connor