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Title

Portrait study for 'The soup kitchen'


Artist

Brett Whiteley

Australia, England

07 Apr 1939 - 15 Jun 1992


About

'The soup kitchen' 1958 was painted while Brett Whiteley, then 19 years old, was working for the ad agency Lintas. The young artist made frequent visits to the homeless shelter at the City Night Refuge and Soup Kitchen, located in Kent Street behind Sydney Town Hall, making quick sketches as well as a number of oil studies of men as they sat in the dining room. This small study of one of the itinerant men at the refuge evidences Whiteley’s early struggle with the vagaries of oil paint, seen in the pulling and reworking of the viscous medium. It is an important example of the artist’s developing career, showing his keen interest the figurative works of Russell Drysdale and William Dobell, as well as the Swiss-born artist Sali Herman, whose urban street scenes he had studied at the AGNSW.


Details


Other Title

verso: (Harbour scene)


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

(1958)


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on wood


Dimensions

25.3 x 21.6 cm board (irreg.); 40.7 x 36.6 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Beryl Whiteley 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

205.2012


Artist information

Brett Whiteley

Works in the collection

84


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney