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An image of Portrait of Patrick White by Louis Kahan

Louis Kahan

(Australia, Austria 05 May 1905 – 16 Jul 2002)

Portrait of Patrick White
Media category
Materials used
oil, synthetic polymer paint on hardboard

122.0 x 91.5 cm board; 140.5 x 110.5 x 6.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., oil "Louis Kahan 62".
Purchased 1963
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

The subject of the 1962 Archibald winning portrait, Patrick White, was one of Australia's most respected but reclusive authors. Louis Kahan told the 'Sun' newspaper of 18 January 1963 that he had painted the portrait from sketches made at Patrick White's home eight months previously for an illustration for a series on Australian writers in 'Meanjin', a literary journal. The Gallery purchased Kahan's portrait in 1963.

Peter Ross, 'Let's Face It: The history of the Archibald Prize' 2005, pg. 142.

Bibliography (19)

C Christesen (Editor), Meanjin, Carlton, Jan 1963, 113 (colour illus.).

Lesley Harding, Louis Kahan: drawing on life, Horsham, 2005, 8 (colour illus.), 22. 6

Anna Waldmann, The Archibald Prize: an illustrated history 1921-1981, Sydney, 1981, 231 (colour illus.).

Susan Hunt, The Archibald Prize 1921-1993, Sydney, 1993, 19 (colour illus.).

Hal Missingham (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly (vol. 4, no. 3), Sydney, Apr 1963, (illus.).

National Portrait Gallery [Old Parliament House], Australia and the Nobel Prize, Canberra, 2003, 16. Exhibition checklist

Peter Ross, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, 'The Postwar Years', pg. 40-62, Sydney, 1999, 58 (colour illus.), 132 (colour illus.).

Peter Ross, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, ‘Chapter 3: The postwar years’, pg. 38-60, Sydney, 2005, 55 (colour illus.), 142 (colour illus.).

Keith Sinclair (Editor), Age, Melbourne, 19 Jan 1963, (illus.).

Tom Thompson, Look, 'Celebrity vs cultural significance', pg. 33-35, Newtown, Feb 2007, 34 (colour illus.).

Anna Waldmann, Art and Australia (Vol. 20, No. 2), 'The Archibald Prize', pg. 213-236, Sydney, Summer 1982, 231 (colour illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), Sunday Mirror, Sydney, 20 Jan 1963, (illus.).

Author Unknown, Sunday telegraph, Sydney, 20 Jan 1963.

Unknown (Editor), Sun-Herald, Sydney, 20 Jan 1963.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 19 Jan 1963, (illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), Daily telegraph and daily news, Sydney, 19 Jan 1963, (illus.).

Unknown (Editor), Sun-Herald, Sydney, 18 Jan 1963, (illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), Bulletin, Sydney, 02 Feb 1963.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Daily Mirror, Sydney, 18 Jan 1963, (illus.).

Exhibition history (8)

Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Competitions 1962, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Jan 1963–17 Feb 1963

Louis Kahan (1963), Australian Galleries, Melbourne, Collingwood, 19 Feb 1963–01 Mar 1963

Australians of the Year, National Portrait Gallery [Old Parliament House], Canberra, 26 Jan 1995–10 Jun 1996

Selections from the collection in conjunction with the Jewish Festival, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Nov 1995–10 Dec 1995

Louis Kahan: A Portrait (1997), Jewish Museum of Australia, 15 Jun 1997–17 Aug 1997

Australia and the Nobel Prize, National Portrait Gallery [Old Parliament House], Canberra, 05 Dec 2003–15 Feb 2004

Louis Kahan: drawing on life (2005):

White Whiteley, National Portrait Gallery [Parliamentary Zone], Canberra, 10 May 2012–29 Jul 2012