Head and arms (Barbara Blackman)
1920 - 11 Feb 1999
John Brack is a major figurative artist of the post war period in Australia. This drawing is from the artist's early maturity, a powerful and sculptural study of the figure and one of seven drawings by Brack in the collection. The subject is Barbara Blackman, who modelled for a number of artists in Melbourne in the 1950s.
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000
black conté on ivory wove paper
38.0 x 49.6 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., black conté "John Brack 54". Dated c.r., black conté "2-8-54".
Purchased with funds provided by the Arthur Boyd Acquisition Fund 1996
Not on display
© Helen Brack
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998
John Brack portraits (2007), National Portrait Gallery [Old Parliament House], Canberra, 24 Aug 2007–18 Nov 2007
John Brack Retrospective (2009-2010), Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne, 24 Apr 2009–09 Aug 2009
Referenced in 5 publications
Edmund Capon, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'John Brack / Jeffrey Smart', pg. 116-127, Sydney, 2002, 116 (colour illus.), 143, 147.
Kristy Grant, John Brack, 'Human nature: the art of John Brack', pg. 87-132, Melbourne, 2009, 26 (colour illus.), 107.
Fiona Harari, The Weekend Australian magazine, 'Portraits of a Lady', pg. 20, Sydney, 26 May 1997, 20.
Unknown, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 99 (illus.). cat.no. 92
Author Unknown, Joel's, Aug 1993, 20 (illus.).