Fleeing Woman III

1981
Morreau, Jacqueline
Figurative painter Jacqueline Morreau had a keen sense of how history affects our present social conditions. The legacy of conflict, religious intolerance and patriarchal oppression are recurrent themes in her work. ‘I was born into the knowledge of evil in the 1930s’, she explained, ‘which no one of my generation could escape.’ Much of her work is peopled with figures from classical mythology, explored from a feminist perspective. In the drawing Fleeing Woman III (1981), from Morreau’s series The Children’s Crusades, a woman carrying three children – one beneath each arm, and another clinging to her neck – looks back over her shoulder as she flees from an unknown terror. Until the end of her life, Morreau felt strongly that ‘We have only a small space of time in which to make our marks on paper and canvas, to effect permanent changes in society before the barbarians once more close in.’
  • Artwork Details: 76 x 56cm
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  • Material description: Charcoal on paper
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  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Drawing
  • Accession number: ACC19/2016

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