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Title

Mother and child at Cronulla

1930s


Artist

Max Dupain

Australia

22 Apr 1911 - 27 Jul 1992


About

Throughout his long career and in his chosen subject matter, Max Dupain celebrated Australian culture and identity. As a distinguished exponent of Modernist photography his work is noted for its formal use of space, shape and tone. During the 1930s he was influenced by a photographic style developed in Europe in the late 1920s called New Photography. In content and form, New Photography was a substantial move away from the soft tones of Pictorialism, a style that had been popular in previous decades with Dupain and other photographers, particularly Harold Cazneaux. The new style was characterised by its emphasis on unusual angles, perspectives and sharp contrasting tones.

Mother and child at Cronulla is one of a series of nudes Dupain took after ceasing to work in the Pictorial style. Dramatic light is used to highlight form and shape, in this case the bodies of the child and woman. Their features are obscured indicating that this is, in many respects, a study in formal relationships. These elements, including the unusual angle of the image and its objectivity are indicative of the qualities associated with New Photography.


Details


Other Title

Mother and child, Cronulla


Date

1930s


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

34.1 x 35.4 cm image/sheet; 59.0 x 48.1 cm original board


Signature & date

Signed l.r. and u.c. verso original board, pencil "Max Dupain". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1987


Location

Not on display


Accession number

531.1987


Artist information

Max Dupain

Works in the collection

344


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Sandra Byron, Fine and Mostly Sunny: Photographs from the collection, Sydney, 1991. cat.no. 24

Robert McFarlane, Black + White - The Masters, 'Max Dupain', pg. 194-207, Sydney, 1999, 202 (illus.).