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Black landscape



Brett Whiteley

Australia, England

07 Apr 1939 - 15 Jun 1992


The paintings and drawings Brett Whiteley made in Italy and London during 1960-61 and at Sigean in France in 1962 stamped him as a prodigious young talent. In this period, signpost qualities were established for his future development; warm textures and forms which he gleaned from Italian painting and architecture, terrains of abstraction that excited him in contemporary European and American painters and an enduring recollection of the Australian landscape. They reveal a private, experimental side to Whiteley and are among his best work.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000




Media category


Materials used

brush and black ink, watercolour, gouache on ivory wove paper


55.8 x 75.8 cm image/sheet; 79.0 x 104.5 x 4.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated bot. c., ink " Whiteley 60 ".


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 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 7 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Great gifts, great patrons: an exhibition celebrating private patronage of the Gallery, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers

Lou Klepac (Editor), Rees - Whiteley, On the Road to Berry, Melbourne, 1993, 16. 41

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 87 (illus.), 123. plate no. 78

Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Landscape and gesture', pg. 239-240, Sydney, 2000, 246 (colour illus.), 302.

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. 26

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

Kathie Sutherland, Brett Whiteley: A sensual lilne 1957-67, Victoria, 2010, 236, 237 (colour illus.). CC9