One of Bratby's most important works, combining as it does his famous table tops with a study of his family in their own kitchen. Photograph courtesy of Julian Hartnoll. Bratby was a true genius and it is in no way fanciful to compare his work with an interior version of Lowry's artistry or to the work of Auerbach and Kossoff. Ludicrously undervalued. Here we see colour re-emerging in British paintings as rationing ended. Dripping with the feel and paraphernalia of the period.
Exhibition catalogue, Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute, 1958, illustrated.
London, Beaux Arts, John Bratby, September - October 1957, no. 8.; and Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, December 1958 - February 1959.