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An image of Untitled painting by Brett Whiteley

Brett Whiteley

(Australia, England 07 Apr 1939 – 15 Jun 1992)

Untitled painting
Media category
Materials used
oil, tempera and collage on hardboard

153.3 x 152.3 cm board; 162.8 x 162.7 x 4.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated u.r. verso, black oil "Brett Whiteley 61".
Purchased 1996
Accession number
© Wendy Whiteley
Not on display
Further information

'Untitled painting' was created during a spectacularly successful year when Whiteley exhibited to great acclaim at London's Whitechapel Gallery and, following the purchase of a painting by the Tate Gallery, established his international reputation.

During his time in London, Whiteley continued to combine the earthy colours of Australia - reflecting the influence of the paintings of Russell Drysdale - and the ambience of Italian painting and architecture with powerful hybrid forms of landscape and the female torso.

'Untitled painting' exudes the confidence with which he handled his visual sources, heralding the elegant and relaxed abstract work of his subsequent honeymoon period at Sigean in the south of France.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000

Bibliography (11)

Terry Ingram, The Australian financial review, 'Whiteley work bound for NSW', pg. 45, Sydney, 30 May 1996, 45.

Barry Pearce and Alec George, 9 Shades of Whiteley, '2: Abstraction', pg. 17, Sydney, 2008, 3, 16 (colour illus.), 17.

Barry Pearce, Australian painters of the twentieth century, Brett Whiteley', pg. 232-243, Roseville, 2000, 234 (colour illus.), 235.

Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Landscape and gesture', pg. 239-240, Sydney, 2000, 247 (colour illus.), 302.

Barry Pearce, Look, 'Genesis of a Painter: the early abstractions of Brett Whiteley [1939-92]', pg. 20-21, Heidelberg, Sep 1998, 20 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, Genesis of a Painter: The early abstractions of Brett Whiteley, 'Genesis of a painter: The early abstractions of Brett Whiteley', pg. 2-3, Sydney, 1998, cover (colour illus.), 4. 15

Barry Pearce, Brett Whiteley Art & Life, 'Abstractions', pg. 56-73, London, 1995, 62 (colour illus.). plate no. 11

Jane Scott, Barry Pearce and Wendy Whiteley, Brett Whiteley: Connections, 'Brett Whiteley: Connections', Healesville, 2010.

Carles S. Spencer, The Studio, 'The Peter Stuyvesant Collection: Paintings while you work', pg. 18-21, London, Jan 1963, 21 (illus.).

Kathie Sutherland, Brett Whiteley: A sensual lilne 1957-67, ‘Revelation: Rome to London 1960-1962’, pg. 42-84, Victoria, 2010, 63, 64 (colour illus.), 248. EE24

The Matthiesen Gallery (Curator), Brett Whiteley: Paintings and Gouaches 9 - 31 March 1962, London, 1962. 5

Exhibition history (11)

Brett Whiteley, Paintings and Gouaches (1962), The Matthiesen Gallery, London, 09 Mar 1962–31 Mar 1962

Australian Art: colonial to modern:

Brett Whiteley Art & Life (1995-1996):

Genesis of a Painter: The early abstractions of Brett Whiteley (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 Aug 1998–31 Jan 1999

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000

9 shades of Whiteley:

Iconic Whiteley (2009-2010), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 12 Sep 2009–Aug 2010

Brett Whiteley - Connections (2010-2011), TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, 06 Nov 2010–19 Mar 2011

The London years 1960-67 (2012), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 13 Jul 2012–13 Feb 2013

Peter Stuyvesant Collection, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide

New Generations, Exhibition Venue Unknown