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Untitled painting



Brett Whiteley

Australia, England

07 Apr 1939 - 15 Jun 1992


'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

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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


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Brett Whiteley

Works in the collection


Shown in 11 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 11 publications


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

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

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

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

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