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John Brack

Artist from Switzerland,Australia

John Brack John Brack (10 May 1920 – 11 February 1999 in South Melbourne, Victoria) was an Australian painter, and a member of the Antipodeans group. John Brack was Art Master at Melbourne Grammar School (1952–62). His art first achieved prominence in the 1950s. He also joined the Antipodeans Group in the 1950s which protested against abstract expressionism. He was appointed Head of National Gallery of Victoria Art School (1962–68), where he was an influence on many artists and the creation of the expanded school attached to the new gallery building. Brack's early conventional style evolved into one of simplified, almost stark, shapes and areas of deliberately drab colour, often featuring large areas of brown. He made an initial mark in the 1950s with works on the contemporary Australian culture, such as the iconic Collins St., 5 pm (1955), a view of rush hour in post-war Melbourne. Set in a bleak palette of browns and greys, it was a comment on the conformity of everyday life, with all figures looking almost identical. A related painting The Bar (1954) was modelled on Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, and satirised the Six o'clock swill, a social ritual arising from the early closing of  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1920-05-10
Place of birth
Zürich
Nationality
Switzerland,Australia
Profession
Artist

Death

Date of death
1999-02-11
Place of death
Melbourne

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