Australia 1911 – 2003
Materials & Technique:
photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Primary Insc: Signed l.r. print border, pencil, "Olive Cotton". Dated l.l. print border, pencil, "...'39". Titled l.l. print border, pencil, "The sleeper".
The sleeper 1939, Olive Cotton's graceful study of her friend Olga Sharp resting while on a bush picnic, made around the same time as Max Dupain's Sunbaker, presents a different take upon the enjoyment of life in Australia. The woman is relaxed, nestled within the environment. The mood is one of secluded reverie.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra