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Title

Nude with two chairs

1957


Artist

John Brack

Australia

1920 - 11 Feb 1999


About

This painting is part of a series of nudes by John Brack that were first exhibited in Melbourne in 1957. Contrary to the traditions of Western art, this work presents the nude as sexless and alienated from the viewer. The impersonal nature of Brack’s nude is heightened by the stylisation of the figure, which reduces individual features to classically architectonic forms. Nonetheless, Brack views his subjects with sympathy, understanding and compassion.

When I paint a woman … I am not interest in how she looks sitting in the studio, but in how she looks at all times, in all lights, what she looked like before and what she is going to look like, what she thinks, hopes, believes and dreams.

John Brack, 1957


Details


Date

1957


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

81.3 x 61.0 cm stretcher; 95.8 x 75.7 x 5.8 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, black oil "John Brack 57".


Credit

Purchased 1957


Location

Not on display


Accession number

9424


Artist information

John Brack

Works in the collection

36


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 11 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 118 (colour illus.).

Edmund Capon, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'John Brack / Jeffrey Smart', pg. 116-127, Sydney, 2002, 116, 117 (colour illus.), 142, 147.

James Gleeson, Contemporary Australian art, 'Introduction', pg. 5-6, Auckland, 1960, 7. cat.no. 6

Kristy Grant, John Brack, 'Human nature: the art of John Brack', pg. 87-132, Melbourne, 2009, 56 (colour illus.), 217.

Sasha Grishin, Australian painters of the twentieth century, 'John Brack', pg. 160-171, Sydney, 2000, 160 (colour illus.), 161.

Denise Mimmocchi, Look, 'Instilling the familiar with a lurking sense of uncertainty', pg. 29, Sydney, Jul 2011, 29.

Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The enduring image', pg. 265-266, Sydney, 2000, 269 (colour illus.), 300.

Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pg. 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 32.

Alison Small, Art and Artists of Australia, Melbourne, 1981, (colour illus.).

William Splatt and Barbara Burton, 100 masterpieces of Australian painting, Adelaide, 1973, 182, 183 (colour illus.). plate no. 88

Wayne Tunnicliffe, Look, 'John Brack: two superb new acquisitions', pg. 30-31, Sydney, Dec 2013-Jan 2014, 30.