(Netherlands 1921–02 May 2012)
238.0 x 190.0cm
The extreme layers of colourful impasto in ‘Day-break’ are characteristic of Bogart’s work from the 1960s to present. Bogart makes his own dense mixtures of paint and uses a variety of spatulas, trowels, large brushes, brooms and specially prepared stretchers, working on the studio floor where his paintings remain until dry. The dramatic size and weight of his biggest works like ‘Day-break’ (which weighs 218 kilos), emphasises their materiality, but obvious also are playful, structural and poetic qualities.
‘Day-break’ is essentially a work of joy and optimism, and an expression of intense emotion when faced by the life-affirming light of dawn.
Hendrik Kolenberg (Netherlands; Australia) (Author), Intensely Dutch : image, abstraction and the word post-war and beyond, Sydney, 2009.