The good looking print or Harry was right
29 Oct 1939 -
"When I was doing these prints and as I was coming to a conclusion to them, I also realized that I was handling it in a more sophisticated way. The prints were becoming more refined, more in control, in a way they were cooler, so I started this print as a cooler, more decorative, floating kind of print, with these images in the middle. I was sending myself up in the title, saying, 'this is a good looking print. It's getting too good looking.' 'Harry was right' was simply a literary sort of thing. I was sitting in a train and there was a couple talking (I was reading a book) and then somebody emphasized in their conversation 'Harry was right'. [laughter] That was the trigger. It's as simple as that. The name ‘Harry’ itself sounds absurd. It was like a postscript. Totally absurd, slightly surreal, partly self-mocking … I was confident, it's nice to be confident because most of the time you are full of self doubt. But it was a period when I was getting too confident. That print is almost a summation – it's time I left this more detached way of working. It was time to leave it alone, go back to the mark."
[Hendrik Kolenberg, Jan Senbergs complete screenprints 1960-88, pg 69]
colour screenprint on Fabriano paper
55.5 x 81.3 cm image; 69.2 x 98.6 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil ".... J. Senbergs '75 ..."
Gift of the artist 2008
Not on display
© Jan Senbergs. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Shown in 1 exhibition
Jan Senbergs: from screenprints to painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Apr 2008–25 May 2008
Referenced in 8 publications
Art Gallery of Ballarat, Outlines of Australian printmaking: prints of Australia from the last third of the 18th century until the present time, Ballarat, 1976, (illus.). cat.no. 283; Collection of Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
Rowena Clark, Tapestry and the Australian painter: two years of work by the Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Victoria, 1978. cat.no. 23; Collection of Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
Hendrik Kolenberg, Jan Senbergs: Complete screenprints 1960-88, Sydney, 2008, 69 (colour illus.). cat.no. 56
Rudy Komon Art Gallery, Jan Senbergs: Paintings and silkscreen prints (1976), Sydney, 1976. NOTE: Impression unknown.
Tasmanian School of Art Gallery, Seven printmakers, Hobart, 1978. cat.no. 31; NOTE: Impression unknown.
The Crossley Gallery, Jan Senbergs silkscreen prints (1975), Melbourne, 1975. cat.no. 13; NOTE: Impression unknown.
Lilian Wood (Editor), Contemporary Australian printmakers I, Melbourne, 1979. cat.no. 53; NOTE: Impression unknown.
Jenny Zimmer, Artisan, 'Harry was right! On seeing satire and visual plums in the paintings of Jan Senbergs', pg. 81-98, Melbourne, 1984, 81 (illus.). NOTE: Impression unknown.