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.
pigment, oil, chalk on jute
238.0 x 190.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated verso, black fibre-tipped pen "Bram Bogart/ Aug 1997/ ...".
Signed and dated lower right edge, black fibre-tipped pen "Bogart 97".
Gift of the artist 2010
Not on display
© Bram Bogart/SABAM. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Shown in 1 exhibition
Intensely Dutch: image, abstraction and the word, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Jun 2008–23 Aug 2008
Bram Bogart, Netherlands, Gift of the artist 2010
Referenced in 1 publication
Hendrik Kolenberg, Intensely Dutch: image, abstraction and the word post-war and beyond, Sydney, 2009.