07 Apr 1939 - 15 Jun 1992
'Untitled painting' was created during a spectacularly successful year when Whiteley exhibited to great acclaim at London's Whitechapel Gallery and, following the purchase of a painting by the Tate Gallery, established his international reputation.
During his time in London, Whiteley continued to combine the earthy colours of Australia - reflecting the influence of the paintings of Russell Drysdale - and the ambience of Italian painting and architecture with powerful hybrid forms of landscape and the female torso.
'Untitled painting' exudes the confidence with which he handled his visual sources, heralding the elegant and relaxed abstract work of his subsequent honeymoon period at Sigean in the south of France.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000
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oil, tempera and collage on hardboard
153.3 x 152.3 cm board; 162.8 x 162.7 x 4.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated u.r. verso, black oil "Brett Whiteley 61".
Not on display
© Wendy Whiteley
Referenced in 11 publications
Terry Ingram, The Australian financial review, 'Whiteley work bound for NSW', pg. 45, Sydney, 30 May 1996, 45.
Barry Pearce, Brett Whiteley Art & Life, 'Abstractions', pg. 56-73, London, 1995, 62 (colour illus.). plate no. 11
Barry Pearce, Australian painters of the twentieth century, Brett Whiteley', pg. 232-243, Sydney, 2000, 234 (colour illus.), 235.
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, cover (colour illus.), 4. cat.no. 15
Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Landscape and gesture', pg. 239-240, Sydney, 2000, 247 (colour illus.), 302.
Barry Pearce, Look, 'Genesis of a Painter: the early abstractions of Brett Whiteley [1939-92]', pg. 20-21, Heidelberg, Sep 1998, 20 (colour illus.).
Carles S. Spencer, The Studio, 'The Peter Stuyvesant Collection: Paintings while you work', pg. 18-21, London, Jan 1963, 21 (illus.).
Brett Whiteley: Paintings and Gouaches 9 - 31 March 1962, London, 1962. cat.no. 5
Brett Whiteley: Connections, 'Brett Whiteley: Connections', Healesville, 2010.
9 Shades of Whiteley, '2: Abstraction', pg. 17, Sydney, 2008, 3, 16 (colour illus.), 17.
Brett Whiteley: A sensual lilne 1957-67, ‘Revelation: Rome to London 1960-1962’, pg. 42-84, Victoria, 2010, 63, 64 (colour illus.), 248. cat.no. EE24