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Title

The balcony 2

1975


Artist

Brett Whiteley

Australia, England

07 Apr 1939 - 15 Jun 1992


About

'Windsor and Newton Deep Ultramarine oil colour has an obsessive, ecstasy-like effect upon my nervous system quite unlike any other colour.'
Brett Whiteley 1975

'The balcony 2' is one of his most evocative harbour paintings, encapsulating key elements of Whiteley's art – fluent draughtsmanship, an erotically charged curvilinear line and an ability to invest minimal brushstrokes with multiple associations.

Whiteley's return to Australia in 1969 heralded a new preoccupation with colour and beauty. Inspired principally by Matisse, but also by his house at Lavender Bay on Sydney Harbour's north shore, he created a series of large scale paintings of expansive interiors and views evoking the marine beauty of the harbour.

His last studio and home at 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills in Sydney is now a museum managed by the Art Gallery of NSW. Further information can be found at http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/brett-whiteley-studio/


Details


Other Title

Sydney by night [title used at acquisition]


Date

1975


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

203.5 x 364.5 cm stretcher; 210.9 x 372.2 x 6.3 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, white oil "1975 brett whiteley".


Credit

Purchased 1981


Accession number

116.1981


Artist information

Brett Whiteley

Artist profile

Works in the collection

85


Shown in 13 exhibitions

Exhibition history