Frank Brangwyn: Stations of the Cross 1934-35

1 October - 29 October 2006


This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of Brangwyn's death in 1956. He was highly regarded during his life, but relatively ignored in recent decades. Current international exhibitions and publications signal a renewed interest in his work.

The 14 Stations were printed from zinc plates in 1935. Only 16 sets of the large lithographs were printed. This collection is the only one in Australia. It was acquired and brought to Australia by artist Max Middleton. Now owned by a private collector, the works have been restored and reframed.

Brangwyn's intense vision of Christ's path to the Crucifixion is timeless. The narrative sequence is clear, but each dramatic event and its participants are actualised so strongly that the viewer is personally drawn in. Brangwyn included his self-portrait in some of the plates as if seeking redemption.

 

Frank Brangwyn
Jesus is Placed in the Sepulchre
(detail)
1935



Frank Brangwyn
Jesus is Condemned to Death

1935


Frank Brangwyn
Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

1935