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House backs, Parkville
(c. 1938)

oil on canvas
51.6 × 43.4 cm
Place/s of Execution
Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria
inscribed in black paint l.l.: BERGNER.
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Joseph Brown Collection. Presented through the NGV Foundation by Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, Honorary Life Benefactor, 2004
© Estate of the artist
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 9
Level 2, NGV Australia

Yosl Bergner spent his childhood in Warsaw and fled Nazi Europe in 1937 for Australia. In Melbourne, Bergner created numerous images that fused memories of Europe with contemporary urban scenes of Melbourne. The dwellings depicted in House backs, Parkville are reminiscent of tenement houses in the Jewish ghettos of Europe. Bergner identified with urban Aboriginal people living in Fitzroy, depicting their poverty and dispossession, which he associated with Jews during the fall of Warsaw.