Max DUPAIN, Eggs Enlarge 1 /1


Australia 1911 – 1992

Eggs c.1933 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Creation Notes: printed c 1979
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph Support: white semi-gloss photographic paper

Primary Insc: signed and dated (in image) l.r., pencil "- Max Dupain '33 -" titled verso u.r., fibre-tipped pen "... EGGS ..." inscribed verso u.r., fibre-tipped pen "7 ("7" circled) ... / 14 cm lt (?)"
Dimensions: printed image 28.8 h x 27.4 w cm sheet 29.6 h x 28.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1983
Accession No: NGA 83.1330

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