Australia 1906 – Australia 1985
Approximate portrait in a drawing room
oil and collage on canvas on board
signed lower left: ' Max Ebert '38 ', signed lower right (painted over) ' MAX EBERT 39 '
75.3 (h) x 53.3 (w) cm
Purchased with the assistance of James Agapitos OAM and Ray Wilson OAM, 2007
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
© Marie McClintock
Herbert McClintock painted under the pseudonym Max Ebert. Perth-born, McClintock trained at the National Gallery School in Melbourne, returning to Western Australia in 1933. Approximate portrait in a drawing room was McClintock’s earliest Surrealist work. It incorporates the artist’s dismembered self-portrait among other personal and Australian symbols, including a boomerang dangling from a tree and the bank of Perth’s Swan River.