An image of The new house

John Brack

(Australia 1920 – 11 Feb 1999)

The new house

Other titles:
The New House
20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

'The new house' by John Brack is a depiction of Australian culture during the Menzies era, where the home was viewed as the foundation of the Australian way of life. It portrays a conventional married couple - suburban homeowners - standing in front of their fireplace in a simply adorned interior. A reproduction of van Gogh's 'Langlois Bridge' (1888) hangs above the mantelpiece, while beneath it a small clock marks the time. The white apron worn by the woman, indicative of her domestic duties, suggests that lunch has just concluded.

'The new house' is strictly composed on a narrow vertical canvas with a precise arrangement of colour. It pervades a sense of flatness, embodied by Brack's smooth application of paint, emphasising the clean, sparse qualities of the room.

Place of origin
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
oil on canvas on hardboard
142.5 x 71.2 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, black oil "John Brack 53".
Purchased with funds provided by the Gleeson O'Keefe Foundation 2013
Accession number
© Helen Brack
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