(Netherlands, Belgium 21 Jul 1921 – 02 May 2012)
238.0 x 190.0 cm
The extreme layers of colourful impasto in ‘Day-break’ are characteristic of Bogart’s work from the 1960s onwards. Bogart made his own dense mixtures of paint and used a variety of spatulas, trowels, large brushes, brooms and specially prepared stretchers, working on the studio floor where his paintings remained 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.
Bram Bogart, Netherlands, Gift of the artist 2010
Hendrik Kolenberg, Intensely Dutch: image, abstraction and the word post-war and beyond, Sydney, 2009.