An image of (Standing male nude, back view)

Hugh Ramsay

(Australia 25 May 1877 – 05 Mar 1906)

(Standing male nude, back view)

Not on display
Further information

One of the most talented and celebrated of early twentieth century Australian artists, Hugh Ramsay studied in Paris and London before establishing himself in Melbourne, but died prematurely of tuberculosis at 28 years of age. His portraits (including self portraits), figure compositions and still lifes were as admired during his own short life as they have been since. His admiration for the work of the Spanish old master Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) is apparent in all his work. Another life study of the same male figure is on the verso, also in charcoal.

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005

(circa 1897)
black and white pastel on paper
84.2 x 30.1 cm sheet (irreg.); 101.8 x 47.3 x 3.7 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, black charcoal "HR [artist's monogram]". Not dated.

Purchased 1994
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