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Re-Imagining 3

Re-Imagining 3:
The Bathroom, John Brack

2011
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.

John Brack, The Bathroom: National Gallery of Australia
The art of the forgotten people: Institute of Public Affairs