'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
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".
Not on display
© Wendy Whiteley
Shown in 11 exhibitions
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):
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 16 Sep 1995–19 Nov 1995
- Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin 13 Dec 1995–28 Jan 1996
- Art Gallery of Western Australia, Australia 22 Feb 1996–08 Apr 1996
- Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 09 May 1996–16 Jun 1996
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 02 Jul 1996–26 Aug 1996
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 18 Sep 1996–17 Nov 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:
- Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise 12 Jul 2008–07 Sep 2008
- Lismore Regional Art Gallery, Lismore 13 Sep 2008–15 Nov 2008
- New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale 22 Nov 2008–08 Feb 2009
- Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle 14 Feb 2009–26 Apr 2009
- Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst 01 May 2009–14 Jun 2009
- Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington 02 Jul 2009–23 Aug 2009
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
Referenced in 11 publications
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, Sydney, 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. cat.no. 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. cat.no. EE24
The Matthiesen Gallery (Curator), Brett Whiteley: Paintings and Gouaches 9 - 31 March 1962, London, 1962. cat.no. 5