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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR RAYMOND KIDD AND MRS DIANA KIDD, SYDNEY

JOHN BRACK
1920-1999

The Return of the Prodigal Son 1953

Estimate $600,000 - $800,000

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© Helen Brack

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR RAYMOND KIDD AND MRS DIANA KIDD, SYDNEY

JOHN BRACK

1920-1999
The Return of the Prodigal Son 1953

oil on canvas
signed and dated 'John Brack 53' lower right
71.5 x 102 cm
frame: original, John Brack, Melbourne

  • Lot Sold $1,125,000 (Hammer Price)
  • $1,372,500 (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)

Provenance

Mr John Brack, Melbourne
Mr John Stephens, Melbourne, acquired from the above
Rudy Komon Art Gallery, Sydney (stock 1941) (label verso)
Mr Raymond Kidd and Mrs Diana Kidd, Sydney, acquired from the above in December 1971

Exhibited

8 Melbourne Painters, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 29 July – 10 August 1953, no. 3
Paintings and Drawings by John Brack, Peter Bray Gallery, Melbourne, 27 October – 5 November 1953, no. 3, 50 gns
John Brack: A Retrospective Exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 10 December 1987 – 31 January 1988, no. 11, illustrated (label verso)
A Private Collection, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 18 April – 24 May 1992, no. 25
John Brack, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne, 24 April – 9 August 2009, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2 October 2009 – 31 January 2010, illustrated (label verso)

Literature

Alan McCulloch, 'Art Review: The Little Man in Paint', The Herald, Melbourne, 27 October 1953, p. 10
'John Brack', The Bulletin, Sydney, 4 November 1953, p. 19
Ursula Hoff, 'Content and Form in Modern Art', Meanjin, Melbourne, Vol. XII, No. 4, Summer 1953, p. 450
Ronald Millar, John Brack, Lansdowne Press, Melbourne, 1971, p. 105
Ursula Hoff, Robert Lindsay and Patrick McCaughey, John Brack: A Retrospective Exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1987, pp. 14, 16, 30 (illustrated)
Sasha Grishin, The Art of John Brack, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1990, Vol. 1, pp. 40, 184, Vol. 2, cat. no. o21, p. 87(illustrated)
Robert Raymond (ed.), 52 Views of Rudy Komon, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1999, p. 65 (illustrated)
Helen Brack, Kirsty Grant, Sasha Grishin, Robert Lindsay and Chris McCauliffe, John Brack, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2009, pp. 28 (illustrated), 96, 211

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Important Australian Art

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