Collins St., 5 pm

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Collins St., 5 pm is a 1955 painting by Australian artist John Brack.wikipedia
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Collins St., 5 pm is a 1955 painting by Australian artist John Brack.

John Brack

Collins St., 5 pm is a 1955 painting by Australian artist John Brack.
He made an initial mark in the 1950s with works on the contemporary Australian culture, such as the iconic Collins St., 5 pm (1955), a view of rush hour in post-war Melbourne.

Melbourne

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The painting depicts office workers walking along busy Collins Street in Melbourne after finishing work for the day—"Blank-faced office workers hurry by like sleep-walkers, thinking only of the pubs or their homes in the suburbs". The painting was purchased from Peter Bray Gallery for the National Gallery of Victoria's permanent Australian art collection and is exhibited in the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square in Melbourne.
While the "Paris End" of Collins Street began Melbourne's boutique shopping and open air cafe cultures, the city centre was seen by many as stale—the dreary domain of office workers—something expressed by John Brack in his famous painting Collins St., 5 pm (1955).

Peter Bray Gallery

The painting was purchased from Peter Bray Gallery for the National Gallery of Victoria's permanent Australian art collection and is exhibited in the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square in Melbourne.
As the director of Peter Bray Gallery, Helen Ogilvie (1902–1993) organised exhibitions for such avant-garde artists as John Brack who first exhibited there 27 October – November 1953, again in 1955, then first showed his Racecourse series 5–15 November 1956 and in the same year the gallery sold his most famous work Collins Street, 5 pm to the National Gallery of Victoria.

The Bar (painting)

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It is considered a companion piece to Brack's earlier work The Bar.
The work is considered a companion piece to Brack's 1955 work Collins St., 5 pm.

Collins Street, Melbourne

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The painting depicts office workers walking along busy Collins Street in Melbourne after finishing work for the day—"Blank-faced office workers hurry by like sleep-walkers, thinking only of the pubs or their homes in the suburbs".

T. S. Eliot

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Brack conceived the work after reading T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land.

The Waste Land

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Brack conceived the work after reading T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land.

National Gallery of Victoria

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The painting was purchased from Peter Bray Gallery for the National Gallery of Victoria's permanent Australian art collection and is exhibited in the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square in Melbourne.

Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

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The painting was purchased from Peter Bray Gallery for the National Gallery of Victoria's permanent Australian art collection and is exhibited in the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square in Melbourne.

Federation Square

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The painting was purchased from Peter Bray Gallery for the National Gallery of Victoria's permanent Australian art collection and is exhibited in the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square in Melbourne.

Culture of Melbourne

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His most iconic painting, Collins Street., 5 pm (1955), shows grim-faced pedestrians moving in unison down Collins Street.

The Car (Brack)

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The work was painted around the same time as two of Brack's best-known paintings, Collins Street., 5 pm (1955) and The Bar (1954).

Theft of The Weeping Woman from the National Gallery of Victoria

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In 2011, John Brack's Collins St., 5 pm was voted the most popular work in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.