Max GIMBLETT, The Master said tears Enlarge 1 /1


New Zealand born 1935

  • United States of America from 1974

The Master said tears 1990 Materials & Technique: paintings, oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas Support: linen and cotton duck

Primary Insc: signed verso, on stretcher, l.c., black felt-tipped pen "MAX GIMBLETT"; dated verso, on stretcher, u.l., black felt-tipped pen "1990".
Secondary Insc: inscribed, verso, inside stretcher, u.r., black felt-tipped pen "ACRYLIC/OIL/TERPS [sic]/RABBITSKIN GLUE"; inscribed, verso, c.c., black paint "THE MASTER SAID TEARS"inscribed, verso, c.c., black felt-tipped pen "TIME TO LIVE / AND A TIME TO DIE".
Dimensions: irregular 114.5 h x 115.0 w x 6.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Dr K. David G. Edwards (Ret.), from the David and Margery Edwards New York Art Collection 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.419
Image rights: ©1990 Max Gimblett
  • the artist;
  • from whom bought by Margery and David Edwards, 13 December 1990, for their art collection;
  • given by Dr. K. David G. Edwards, Ret., M.D., B.S., (U. Syd), F.R.A.C.P., F.A.A.C.B.; Assoc. Prof. of Med., Weill Medical College of U. of Cornell, and Assoc. Prof. of Med., Rockefeller U.; Research Associate (Reader) Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (P. & S.), Assoc. Attending Physician Clinical Physiology and Renal Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA, through the American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia to the National Gallery of Australia, August, 2005,

Covered in blood- and tear-like dripping black paint, Gimblett’s The Master said tears assumes deep symbolic associations. It consists of five squares assembled in a form that recalls Buddhist and Christian iconography, perhaps most notably the cruciform. On the back of the work, Gimblett has written, drawing on Ecclesiastes 3:1, ‘time to live, and a time to die’.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra