An image of Grand bruit (Big noise)

Janet Dawson

(Australia 1935 – )

Grand bruit (Big noise)

Not on display
Further information

Janet Dawson was a pioneer of non-objective painting in Australia in the 1960s, and one of the period's most significant printmakers - both of her own work and as a master printer for others, through the Gallery A print workshop in Melbourne and then Sydney. Dawson's prints of the early 1960s explored similar formal concerns of colour, composition and use of materials to her paintings of that time.

Dawson's imagery at this time was concerned with exploring formal values, in a variety of mediums. 'Grand bruit' was printed by the artist at Atelier Patris, Paris, at the same time as another print, already in the Art Gallery of New South Wales' collection ('Vers l'ombre'), while she was working there as a proof printer in 1960. Dawson's Paris lithographs were included in important national and international exhibitions of Australian prints soon after they were made, and remain among the most exceptional prints produced by an Australian artist of the period.

lithograph, printed in black ink on cream BK Rives paper
90.3 x 63.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.c., pencil "J Dawson '60".

Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors' Fund 2014
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