Irene O'Neill; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1961; 452


Irene O'Neill

About this object

A pencil, brush and ink portrait, head and torso, of a female subject, Irene O'Neill, in profile with her head tilted up.



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Medium and Materials

Brush, ink and pencil on paper

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Subject and Association Description

Portraiture was an important element in Toss Woollaston's work and he continued to develop it throughout his career. He described his approach as observing the subject "sometimes for quite a long time, till I find their most natural attitudes and movements. I do not copy their actual physical movements...but I have a rich means of suggesting them - the lean and tilt of the different planes and volumes in contrasting directions..." (Barnett, 1991, p.67). These suggestions of physical appearance and underlying personality were achieved in quick and spontaneous compositions, displaying the dramatic energy of his style.

Named Collection

Woollaston Davies Collection

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1979

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