The Collection of the artist’s daughter, Arkie Whiteley; The Estate of the late Christopher Kuhn, Canada
Brett Whiteley created this work in Paris in 1989. It was his second visit to the city and resulted in his celebrated Paris series of gouaches and drawings. This work has a wonderful provenance having once been in the collection of Whiteley’s late daughter Arkie.
Estate of the artist, Sydney. Thence by descent; Frannie Hopkirk, New South Wales, the artist’s sister; Private collection, Sydney, acquired from the above in 1997; Deutscher and Hackett, Australian + International Fine Art and Aboriginal Art, Sydney, 30/11/2016, Lot No. 81; Private collection, Sydney
In this serene painting the tonality and layering of the inks demonstrate aptly the artist’s growing interest and skill with calligraphic brush strokes. Whiteley was fascinated with eastern philosophies and painting techniques during this period of his ouevre. Stylistically, Brett Whiteley’s Lake in Bali (Lake Kintamani) references the Chinese painting tradition of ‘one corner’ that gently leads the gaze away from the corner of the frame. A related work, Jenny’s Lake, c. 1983 is in the collection of the Brett Whiteley studio.
Brett Whiteley’s ceramics are among his rarest and most delicately lyrical works of art. Here the artist has hand-painted and glazed upon a ceramic dish fine sprigs of blossom, possibly peach or plum. The artist’s signature indigo blue sings against the minimal ceramic background and the circular, almost calligraphic composition is beautifully resolved.
Depicting the busy intersection of roads surrounding the iconic Parisian monument the Arc de Triomphe, this expressive drawing pulsates with energy. Whiteley has collaged the monument itself and surrounded it with bold and gestural strokes of swiftly applied charcoal. This picture predates and precedes the artist’s famous images created several years later following his return to Paris at the age of 50 which culminated in a highly popular exhibition held soon after at the AGNSW.
inscribe l.l (pen and ink) 'Louvre, Rembrandts [sic] "Bathsheba" / Paris 4/4/67; inscribed across lower edge (in pencil) 'background dark sepia'; 'incredible feeling of sadness as she / contemplates the contents of the letter'; stamped l.r (in black ink)