The Bar (painting)

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The Bar is a 1954 painting by Australian artist John Brack.wikipedia
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The Bar is a 1954 painting by Australian artist John Brack.
John Brack – The Bar (National Gallery of Victoria)

John Brack

The Bar is a 1954 painting by Australian artist John Brack.
A related painting The Bar (1954) was modelled on Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, and satirised the six o'clock swill, a social ritual arising from the early closing of Australian pubs.

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

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The subject of the painting directly references Édouard Manet's 1882 work A Bar at the Folies-Bergère.
The painting The Bar (1954) by Australian artist John Brack, which depicts a comparatively grim and austere Melbourne bar-room scene, is an ironic reference to A Bar at the Folies-Bergère.

Collins St., 5 pm

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

Six o'clock swill

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It depicts a barmaid working in an Australian pub at the time of the "six o'clock swill".
The Bar (1954), a painting by John Brack which was based on the six o'clock swill, was sold for a record price for an Australian painting of $3.17 million.

Édouard Manet

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The subject of the painting directly references Édouard Manet's 1882 work A Bar at the Folies-Bergère.

Bartender

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It depicts a barmaid working in an Australian pub at the time of the "six o'clock swill".

List of pubs in Australia

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It depicts a barmaid working in an Australian pub at the time of the "six o'clock swill".

Guinea (coin)

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A Melbourne art collector acquired The Bar for 90 guineas in 1954.

David Walsh (art collector)

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The anonymous buyer was later revealed to be David Walsh, owner of the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart.

Museum of Old and New Art

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The anonymous buyer was later revealed to be David Walsh, owner of the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart.

Hobart

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The anonymous buyer was later revealed to be David Walsh, owner of the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart.

National Gallery of Victoria

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He sold the painting to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for the same price in 2009.

Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

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The Bar, along with Brack's Collins St., 5 pm, is considered a highlight of the NGV's Australian art collection, and is on permanent display at the Ian Potter Centre in Melbourne's Federation Square.

Federation Square

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The Bar, along with Brack's Collins St., 5 pm, is considered a highlight of the NGV's Australian art collection, and is on permanent display at the Ian Potter Centre in Melbourne's Federation Square.

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).