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Joie de mort

synthetic polymer paint on composition board
91.7 × 122.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria
inscribed in black paint l.r.: Tucker / '88
inscribed in chalk on reverse u.l.: "JOIE DE MORT". 1988 91cm X 1M.22cm. / ACRYLIC ON HARDBOARD
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Mr Albert Tucker AO, Governor, 1995
© The Estate of Barbara Tucker. Courtesy of Sotheby’s Australia.
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Joie de mort is one of a group of paintings painted in the late 1980s in which the artist revisits the themes of his 1943 series 'Images of modern evil.' In this painting the figures of the 1940s have become more abstract, like joints of meat topped with a vicious leer. The figures seem to dance a dance macabre beneath an electric light bulb. They are not images of this world and suggest a more frightening other existence.