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An image of Head and arms (Barbara Blackman) by John Brack

John Brack

(Australia 1920 – 11 Feb 1999)

Head and arms (Barbara Blackman)
Media category
Materials used
black conté on ivory wove paper

38.0 x 49.6 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., black conté "John Brack 54". Dated c.r., black conté "2-8-54".
Purchased with funds provided by the Arthur Boyd Acquisition Fund 1996
Accession number
© Helen Brack
Not on display
Further information

John Brack is a major figurative artist of the post war period in Australia. This drawing is from the artist's early maturity, a powerful and sculptural study of the figure and one of seven drawings by Brack in the collection. The subject is Barbara Blackman, who modelled for a number of artists in Melbourne in the 1950s.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

Bibliography (5)

Edmund Capon, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'John Brack / Jeffrey Smart', pg. 116-127, Sydney, 2002, 116 (colour illus.), 143, 147.

Kristy Grant, John Brack, 'Human nature: the art of John Brack', pg. 87-132, Melbourne, 2009, 26 (colour illus.), 107.

Fiona Harari, The Weekend Australian magazine, 'Portraits of a Lady', pg. 20, Surry Hills, 26 May 1997, 20.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 99 (illus.). 92

Author Unknown, Joel's, Aug 1993, 20 (illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998

John Brack portraits (2007), National Portrait Gallery [Old Parliament House], Canberra, 24 Aug 2007–18 Nov 2007

John Brack Retrospective (2009-2010), Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne, 24 Apr 2009–09 Aug 2009