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Title

Portrait study for 'The soup kitchen'

(1958)

Artist

Brett Whiteley

Australia, England

07 Apr 1939 - 15 Jun 1992

Alternate image of Portrait study for 'The soup kitchen' by Brett Whiteley
Alternate image of Portrait study for 'The soup kitchen' by Brett Whiteley
  • Details

    Other Title
    verso: (Harbour scene)
    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Date
    (1958)
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on wood
    Dimensions
    25.3 x 21.6 cm board (irreg.); 40.7 x 36.6 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Bequest of Beryl Whiteley 2012
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    205.2012
    Copyright
    © Wendy Whiteley

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  • About

    'The soup kitchen' 1958 was painted while Brett Whiteley, then 19 years old, was working for the ad agency Lintas. The young artist made frequent visits to the homeless shelter at the City Night Refuge and Soup Kitchen, located in Kent Street behind Sydney Town Hall, making quick sketches as well as a number of oil studies of men as they sat in the dining room. This small study of one of the itinerant men at the refuge evidences Whiteley’s early struggle with the vagaries of oil paint, seen in the pulling and reworking of the viscous medium. It is an important example of the artist’s developing career, showing his keen interest the figurative works of Russell Drysdale and William Dobell, as well as the Swiss-born artist Sali Herman, whose urban street scenes he had studied at the AGNSW.

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    Where the work was made

    Sydney

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