Max DUPAIN, Meat queue Enlarge 1 /1


Australia 1911 – 1992

Meat queue [The meat queue] 1946 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Creation Notes: printed 1975
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 43.8 h x 64.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the Philip Morris Arts Grant 1982
Accession No: NGA 83.2211

Meat queue 1946 documented a necessary postwar pastime for many Australian women when certain foods were still in short supply.

Framed by the two women looking towards the camera, the three women in the centre seem to be caught in a moment of frustration and tension. The frieze like series of rounded bodies, under the rail of hooked meat suggests interesting connotations, however, Dupain is more concerned with capturing a moment of everyday interaction than in attempting any social comment.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra