An image of The new house

John Brack

(Australia 1920 – 11 Feb 1999)

The new house

Other titles:
The New House
Location
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
Year
1953
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas on hardboard
Dimensions
142.5 x 71.2 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, black oil "John Brack 53".
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Gleeson O'Keefe Foundation 2013
Accession number
192.2013
Copyright
© Helen Brack