The paintings and drawings Brett Whiteley made in Italy and London during 1960-61 and at Sigean in France in 1962 stamped him as a prodigious young talent. In this period, signpost qualities were established for his future development; warm textures and forms which he gleaned from Italian painting and architecture, terrains of abstraction that excited him in contemporary European and American painters and an enduring recollection of the Australian landscape. They reveal a private, experimental side to Whiteley and are among his best work.
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000
black ink, watercolour, gouache on ivory wove paper
55.8 x 75.8 cm image/sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated bot. c., ink " Whiteley 60 ".
Gift of the Rudy Komon Memorial Fund 1985
Not on display
© Wendy Whiteley
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Rees - Whiteley, On the Road to Berry:
Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994
Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s:
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
Referenced in 7 publications
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Great gifts, great patrons: an exhibition celebrating private patronage of the Gallery, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers
Lou Klepac (Editor), Rees - Whiteley, On the Road to Berry, Melbourne, 1993, 16. cat.no. 41
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 87 (illus.), 123. plate no. 78
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, 4. cat.no. 26
Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Landscape and gesture', pg. 239-240, Sydney, 2000, 246 (colour illus.), 302.
Robert Raymond, 52 views of Rudy Komon, Sydney, 1999, 164.
Kathie Sutherland, Brett Whiteley: A sensual lilne 1957-67, Victoria, 2010, 236, 237 (colour illus.). cat.no. CC9