We inhabit the corrosive littoral of habit

We inhabit the corrosive littoral of habit
1940

Artist/s name
James GLEESON


Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
40.7 x 51.3 cm
Accession Number
1096-4
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Anonymous gift, 1941
© Courtesy of the artist
Gallery Location
Gallery 7
Level 2, NGV Australia
James Gleeson’s cold landscape and decomposing face present an emotionally charged metaphor for the corrosion of the world and the human mind between the world wars. Like the surrealist writer Andre Breton, Gleeson believed that surrealism, which privileged the world of the subconscious imagination, could be a weapon against the malaise in civilisation that had led to the rise of oppressive totalitarian regimes and the madness of war.

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