An image of Day-break

Bram Bogart

(Netherlands, Belgium 21 Jul 1921 – 02 May 2012)

Day-break

Location
Not on display
Further information

The extreme layers of colourful impasto in ‘Day-break’ are characteristic of Bogart’s work from the 1960s onwards. Bogart made his own dense mixtures of paint and used a variety of spatulas, trowels, large brushes, brooms and specially prepared stretchers, working on the studio floor where his paintings remained until dry. The dramatic size and weight of his biggest works like ‘Day-break’ (which weighs 218 kilos), emphasises their materiality, but obvious also are playful, structural and poetic qualities.

‘Day-break’ is essentially a work of joy and optimism, and an expression of intense emotion when faced by the life-affirming light of dawn.

Year
1997
Media
Painting
Medium
pigment, oil, chalk on jute
Dimensions
238.0 x 190.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated verso, black felt tip pen "Bram Bogart/ Aug 1997/ ...". Signed and dated lower right edge, black felt tip pen "Bogart 97".
Credit
Gift of the artist 2010
Accession number
418.2010
Copyright
© Bram Bogart/SABAM. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Provenance
Bram Bogart, Netherlands, Gift of the artist 2010