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Title

Woman in bath

1963
re-worked 1964


Artist

Brett Whiteley

Australia, England

07 Apr 1939 - 15 Jun 1992


About

Following his Sigean abstractions, Whiteley's increasing preoccupation with the female torso led to his bathroom series which preserved the warm colours of his abstractions while constrasting them with the bathroom's acid blues and greens. The series signalled his breakthrough as a figure draughtsman and his desire to make eroticism more explicit:

'All the paintings I have made in the last four years have been concerned one way or another with sex and the desire to record sensual behaviour.'
- Brett Whiteley 1964

Focusing on the naked form of his wife Wendy in the bath, Whiteley's Woman in bath series, captured the tactility and tones of her flesh with a profound intimacy, rarely equalled in later paintings on this subject.


Details


Other Titles

Woman in the Bath 4

Woman in bath IV

Woman in the bath 4


Dates

1963
re-worked 1964


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil, paper, graphite and tempera on plywood


Dimensions

183.1 x 218.7 cm board; 188.0 x 224.0 x 6.3 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.l., white oil "Whiteley". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

191.2000


Artist information

Brett Whiteley

Artist profile

Works in the collection

85


Shown in 13 exhibitions

Exhibition history