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Joseph Brown, 1980

Brian Dunlop

watercolour and gouache on paper (frame: 110 cm x 135.5 cm, sight: 72.3 cm x 100 cm)

Joseph Brown AO OBE (1918-2009), art collector, art dealer and philanthropist, arrived in Australia from his native Poland in 1933. He studied painting and sculpture, and exhibited his own art in 1963-1964, but mostly early in his life he set aside his artistic ambitions to engage in business and support his family. By 1967, he was in a position to open the Joseph Brown Gallery in Collins Street, Melbourne, at which he frequently showed mixed exhibitions of contemporary Australian art. Over time, Brown built up one of the finest private art collections in Australia, and made such substantial contributions to Australian art history that he was awarded three honorary doctorates. In 2004 the National Gallery of Victoria accepted Brown's gift of some 160 works from his collection, valued at $35 million; two hundred more works, of similar value, were auctioned.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Brian Dunlop/Copyright Agency, 2020

Accession number: 2006.6

Currently on display: Gallery Six (Tim Fairfax Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Brian Dunlop (age 42 in 1980)

Joseph Brown AO OBE (age 62 in 1980)

Donated by

Joseph Brown AO OBE (4 portraits)

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Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood
Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood
Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood
Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood

A quiet moment

Magazine article by Helene Ladomirska, 2006

As Bryan Westwood’s portrait of Brian Dunlop hangs adjacent to Brian Dunlop’s portrait of the philanthropist Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, we see the artist of one work as the subject of the other. 

Wendy drunk 11pm, 1983 by Brett Whiteley
Wendy drunk 11pm, 1983 by Brett Whiteley
Wendy drunk 11pm, 1983 by Brett Whiteley
Wendy drunk 11pm, 1983 by Brett Whiteley

Idle Hours

Previous exhibition, 2009

Idle hours is an exhibition of luxurious beauty. Paintings, prints and drawings represent subjects in quiet moods and situations arranged according to the time of day they depict - reading, drawing, snoozing, bathing, sewing, gardening, sitting, looking, making love and spending tranquil time with companions. Works in the exhibition range from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.