An image of Nude with two chairs

John Brack

(Australia 1920 – 11 Feb 1999)

Nude with two chairs

Location
Not on display
Further information

This painting is part of a series of nudes by John Brack that were first exhibited in Melbourne in 1957. Contrary to the traditions of Western art, this work presents the nude as sexless and alienated from the viewer. The impersonal nature of Brack’s nude is heightened by the stylisation of the figure, which reduces individual features to classically architectonic forms. Nonetheless, Brack views his subjects with sympathy, understanding and compassion.

When I paint a woman … I am not interest in how she looks sitting in the studio, but in how she looks at all times, in all lights, what she looked like before and what she is going to look like, what she thinks, hopes, believes and dreams.

John Brack, 1957

Year
1957
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
81.3 x 61.0 cm stretcher; 95.8 x 75.7 x 5.8 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, black oil "John Brack 57".
Credit
Purchased 1957
Accession number
9424
Copyright
© AGNSW