Australian Galleries, Melbourne label attached verso (no.9451); The collection of 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. Here is a quote from Whiteley relating to this period of his work;
“I first went to Paris at age 20, but was so obsessed with modernism and abstraction to paint it. Now with fresh eyes, I could respond figuratively and lyrically to the one ravishing subject – Paris and her cultural heroes. I love the stoniness and creaminess, that wonderful soiled magnolia feeling. Paris is so sensual, beautiful, flirtatious, mischievous, arrogant, orderly, civilised. They call Paris a whore because she seduces you on every corner, and every street I turned, I could see another picture.”
This work has a wonderful provenance having been in the collection of Whiteley’s daughter Arkie.