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Title

Head and arms (Barbara Blackman)

1954


Artist

John Brack

Australia

1920 - 11 Feb 1999


About

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


Details


Date

1954


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

black conté on ivory wove paper


Dimensions

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".


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Arthur Boyd Acquisition Fund 1996


Location

Not on display


Accession number

413.1996


Artist information

John Brack

Artist profile

Works in the collection

36


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


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, Sydney, 26 May 1997, 20.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 99 (illus.). cat.no. 92

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