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The Kiss of Judas



Justin O'Brien

Australia, Italy

02 Aug 1917 - 17 Jan 1996


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia



Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas on hardboard


40.6 x 60.3 cm board; 55.8 x 76.1 x 7.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed u.r. corner, dark blue oil "O'BRIEN". Not dated.


Purchased 1947


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Justin O'Brien

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 15 publications


Len Annois (Editor), The Australian artist, '1947–1948', pg. 27, East Melbourne, Winter 1948, 27 (illus.).

Herbert Badham, A study of Australian art, Sydney, 1949, xiii, 141 (illus.). plate no. 75

Herbert Badham, A gallery of Australian art, 'Introduction', pg. v-vii., Sydney, 1954, xii, (illus.). plate no. 70

Anthony Bradley, The art of Justin O'Brien, Sydney, 1982, 16, 92 (illus.), 106. figure no. 3

[Paul Haefliger]., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Exhibition by Justin O'Brien', Sydney, 24 Oct 1947.

Tatlock Miller., Exhibition of oils and drawings by Justin O'Brien, 'Foreword', Sydney, 1947.

Tatlock Miller., Sun, 'Christian art of J O'Brien', Sydney, 23 Oct 1947.

Tatlock Miller, Art and design, 'Recent paintings of Justin O'Brien', pg. 7, Sydney, 1949, 7.

Tatlock Miller, Catalogue for the Inaugural Exhibition by the Merioola Group of Sydney, Melbourne, 1947. 19; priced 40 guineas

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Religious art: from the permanent collection, Sydney, 1961. 10

Bernard Smith, 100 years of Australian painting, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1948, 11. 65

Bernard William Smith and Trustees of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales, 100 years of Australian painting, Sydney, 1948. 65

Natalie Wilson, Justin O'Brien: the sacred music of colour, 'Justin O'Brien and the art of transfiguration', pg. 23-145, Sydney, 2010, 40 (colour illus.), 41, 158, 164. 21

Natalie Wilson, Justin O'Brien catalogue supplement, Sydney, 2010, 11. 21

Editor Unknown (Editor), Age, 'Paintings of a cosmopolitan', Melbourne, 09 Sep 1947.