Australia 1911 – 1992
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Creation Notes: printed c 1979
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph Support: white semi-gloss photographic paper
Dupain undertook evening classes in painting and drawing at the Julian Ashton Art School in 1930, where drawing classes provided instruction on modelling the effects of natural and artificial light on forms. His study of eggs surely reflects these lessons. It delights in light’s capacity to make sense of objects in space and also to disorient these relationships. The elevated vantage point, the curious juxtaposition of diagonal lines and dramatically lit ovoid forms, and the tilting picture plane emphasise the shape of the objects but also produce an image of them that is decidedly ‘photographic’. Dupain uses light and shadow to activate this picture of formal contrasts.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra