John Brack: 8 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Men's wear (1953) by John BRACKNational Gallery of Australia

'Brack was born in Melbourne. After service in the Second World War he studied at the National Gallery School and lived in Melbourne for the remainder of his life.'

Self portrait (c. 1948) by John BrackNational Portrait Gallery

'This drawing was presented by the young John Brack to his friend Ursula Hoff, who was the Keeper of Prints at the National Gallery of Victoria from 1949.'

The bathroom (1957) by John BRACKNational Gallery of Australia

'In The bathroom he makes specific reference to the nudes at toilette of Pierre Bonnard. Brack wryly offers us an updated version of such scenes, inside a typical suburban Australian bathroom of the 1950s.'

Portrait of Tam Purves (1958) by John BrackNational Portrait Gallery

'The following year he painted their portraits -- as well as one of his friend, Fred Williams.'

Portrait of Kym Bonython/Portrait of Mr Bonython's speedway cap (1963/1966) by John BrackNational Portrait Gallery

'John Brack painted Kym Bonython on commission in 1963.'

Barry Humphries in the character of Mrs Everage (1969) by John BrackArt Gallery of New South Wales

'corner, black oil "John Brack 69".'

Latin American Grand Final (1969) by John BRACKNational Gallery of Australia

'At the end of 1968, John Brack resigned as Head of the National Gallery School in Melbourne, where he had studied some 20 years earlier, to devote himself to full-time painting. With paintings such as Collins Street, 5 p.m.1955, he had established a reputation as an urban realist and social commentator, one who employed irony to make penetrating comments concerning the human condition.'

Joan Croll (1976) by John BrackNational Portrait Gallery

'John Brack's painting of Joan Croll was the first portrait he completed on commission; he made few more works to order, preferring to focus on family and friends who would not be disconcerted by his disinclination to flatter them.'

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