The Boucher Nude, painted in 1957, is a frightening transposition into the modern world of a happy composition by Boucher, in a striking opposition to the eroticism of the original version from the eighteenth century. This oil on canvas 81 x 146 cm was sold for AUD 1.5M including premium by Deutscher and Hackett on 27 and 28 August 2008.
Throughout the next decade, the artist takes a growing interest in the theme of dance championships in the popular ballrooms. The subject is shifting to a high degree of social stupidity. The champions are professionals and their dance, which gained virtuosity, lost the romanticism that was the original reason for their hobby.
Brack collected photos of champion couples in all categories of these dances. In 1969 he created the series of twelve paintings titled Ballroom Dancing. The release in the same year on the screens of They shoot horses don't they, the masterpiece starring Jane Fonda, is a nice coincidence or rather the awareness at the end of that decade that the leisures of the past were not necessarily a delight.
One of these paintings titled The Old Time shows an aging couple demonstrating an obsolete waltz. The man in a second couple has his competition number displayed on the back of his jacket. This oil on canvas 162 x 129 cm was sold for AUD 3,36M including premium by Sotheby's on May 7, 2007 over a lower estimate of AUD 600K.
On August 25 in Sydney, Sotheby's Australia sells Junior Latin American, oil on canvas 96 x 164 cm, lot 15 estimated AUD 1M, also based on an image of champions. As with the Boucher Nude and more than with the Old Time, his social message is disturbing. The serious attitude with no pleasure of the two dancers of questionable youth contradicts the Junior class of their bleak competition.