The Bathroom, John Brack
Inkjet on watercolour paper
85 x 68 cm
John Brack’s 1957 painting, The Bathroom, must surely and quite subversively depict one of the least sensuous nudes in western painting. Although this characteristic wryness is appealing -- Brack never idealised his figures -- it was the explicit architectural detail of the Australian Edwardian bathroom, with its vivid palette of green, pink and yellow, that made this painting an interesting choice for re-imagining.
Brack’s earlier work, which focused on portraying urban Australian life in the 1950’s and 1960’s, is a cool, cerebral exploration of quintessential Australian public activities such as ballroom dancing, horse racing, drinking in public bars and rush hour workers departing the city of Melbourne.
The art of the forgotten people: Institute of Public Affairs