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Man contemplating

circa 1959


Brett Whiteley

Australia, England

07 Apr 1939 - 15 Jun 1992



circa 1959

Media category


Materials used

oil on wood


90.5 x 59.5 cm sight; 110.1 x 79.0 x 3.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed verso, blue pen "WHITELEY BRETT". Not dated.


Gift of the Rudy Komon Memorial Fund 1985


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Brett Whiteley

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 6 publications


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, 4. 4

Barry Pearce., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'The creation of young Brett', Sydney, 26 Aug 1995, 13A (illus.). Barry Pearce looks at the early influences on the artist's life, as the Whiteley retrospective opens at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Barry Pearce, Brett Whiteley Art & Life, 'Early Work', pg. 50-55, London, 1995, 53 (colour illus.), 226. plate no. 3

Robert Raymond, 52 views of Rudy Komon, Sydney, 1999, 164.

Kathie Sutherland, Brett Whiteley: A sensual lilne 1957-67, Victoria, 2010, 232.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Brett Whiteley - Aspects & Insights, Sydney, 1996.