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Title

Dawnbreakers


Artist

Herbert McClintock

Australia

20 Nov 1906 - 16 Apr 1985


About

The painting portrays many people awakening in the morning hours of a city’s life; the white surf of their consciousness riding the crest of the vast waves of the mind’s sea as it breaks upon the sands of the morning; and the first objects of the real world – alarm clocks, breakfast trays, trains to be caught – impinge upon dreams and bring an awareness of the passing of time. Something of the illimitable reaches of the mind, and its retention of not only infantile experiences, but also age-old remnants washed up from the ocean-deeps of man’s existence as a social being, are indicated by the strange negroid and Easter Island-like statues that stand beyond the crest of the farthest waves; islanded in the waters of a dream-world, from which men sail back downwards to consciousness and the necessities of a new day.

Bernard Smith, 1945


Details


Date

1939


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas on hardboard


Dimensions

50.7 x 74.5 cm board; 67.0 x 90.7 x 5.2 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, beige oil "MAX EBERT 39".


Credit

Purchased 1969


Location

Not on display


Accession number

OA3.1969


Artist information

Herbert McClintock

Works in the collection

4


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Bernard William Smith, Place, taste and tradition: a study of Australian art since 1788, 'Surrealism and the neo-surrealist developments', pg. 214-238, South Melbourne, 1979, 216 (illus.), 234. plate no. 87

Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Acquisitions for 1969', pg. 538, Sydney, Jul 1970, 544 (illus.). plate no. 31