(Australia 24 Jul 1899 – 1961)
59.0 x 71.0 cm board; 71.0 x 83.3 x 4.5 cm frame
Studying under Julian Ashton, George W Lambert and Henry Gibbons at Ashton’s Sydney Art School, Herbert Badham received a traditional art training based on the primacy of draughtsmanship, to which he added a personal interest in perspective and design. Exemplifying this particular interest, 'Breakfast piece' is an arrangement of objects amongst which the artist has situated his wife. The painting’s tranquil morning mood, however, is counterpointed as the routine breakfast ‘props’ are juxtaposed with the newspaper headline announcing Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia.
Badham was one of a number of figurative painters in Sydney between the wars whose work typified an aspect of Sydney modernism that addressed contemporary subjects through predominantly English realist traditions.
Ian Burn, National life and landscape - Australian painting 1900-1940, Sydney, 1990, 178, 179 (colour illus.). plate no. 139
Eileen Chanin, Art Network, 'Herbert Badham', pg. 20-21, Artarmon, Spring 1983, 21.
Christine Dixon, Herbert Badham 1899-1961, Wollongong, 1987, 12, 17 (colour illus.), 22. cat.no. 15
Deborah Edwards, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Classical allusions', pg. 135-136, Sydney, 2000, 135-136, 148 (colour illus.), 300.
Emma Glyde, Look, ‘Tea and the art of good taste’, pg. 22-23, Newtown, Sep 2012, 23 (colour illus.).
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 145 (colour illus.).
Rodney James., WARNING: Smoking has been linked to some of the most powerful images of the twentieth century, 'Come to where the flavour is, smoking, cigarettes + modernity', Mornington, 2006. List of works.
Heather Johnson, Brought to light - Australian Art 1850-1965, 'Reality or Religious Fantasy? Roy de Maistre and Herbert Badham', pg. 218-223, Brisbane, 1998, 222.
Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. cat.no. 161 [Gallery No. 2]
Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. cat.no. 100
John Slater, Through artists' eyes: Australian suburbs and their cities 1919-1945, 'Suburbs: "The partial paradise"', pg. 175-205, Melbourne, 2004, 202, 203 (colour illus.), 204. illus.no. 164
Linda Slutzkin, Interiors - from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1981, 4, 12-13, 20 (colour illus.). cat.no. 12
Bernard Smith, 100 years of Australian painting, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1948, 10. cat.no. 51
Society of Artists, Society of Artists Annual Exhibition (1936), Sydney, 1936. cat.no. 66; priced 30 guineas
Sydney Ure Smith (Editor), Art of Australia 1788-1941, New York, 1941, 44. cat.no. 105; titled 'Breakfast'.
Gavin Wilson, Cuisine & country: a gastronomic venture in Australian art, 'Cuisine & Country', pg. 9-66, New South Wales, 2008, 28, 31 (colour illus.), 86.
Society of Artists Annual Exhibition (1936), Education Department Gallery [Loftus Street], Sydney, 04 Sep 1936–02 Oct 1936
150 years of Australian art (1938), National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jan 1938–25 Apr 1938
Art of Australia 1788-1941:
100 years of Australian painting (1948), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Apr 1948–17 May 1948
A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Sep 1953–25 Oct 1953
Warning: Smoking has been linked to some of the most powerful images of the twentieth century – an MPRG exhibition., Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, 04 Apr 2006–28 May 2006
Cuisine and country: a culinary venture in Australian Art:
Australian modern masterpieces from the Art Gallery of New South Wales: