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The darkening stage

oil on canvas
160.0 × 213.2 cm
inscribed in white paint l.l.: GlEESON '91
inscribed in black fibre-tipped pen on reverse on stretcher c.: "THE DARKENING STAGE" James Gleeson
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Mr James Gleeson, Fellow, 1995
© Courtesy of the artist
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
'The darkening stage' is typical of the artist's fascination with decay and growth and an evolving landscape of the imagination. The dissolving organic forms conjure up fantasy or the darkest nightmare and are for the artist evidence of surrealism in our everyday lives.