Brett Whiteley 'Girl Warming and Reading'

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Brett Whiteley had a unique understanding of the nude. His approach, likened by art historian Lou Klepac to a cellist, centred around impact. He struck a line, reverberating it into a curve that formed the boundary of the body, anchored by a muss of face or hair.

‘Girl Warming and Reading’, limited to the extremely small edition size of ten, exemplifies this intuition. It is striking — emanating light and life in a medium, linocut, typically not prone to such expressiveness. Under Whiteley’s hand however, his subject turns symphonic. In 1989, he reflected that “The nude has been predominant really… a very major part of my work. Even when I was painting abstractions, in a way I was painting the nude”. Indeed, it seems to precede his very approach to art.

Among Australia’s most celebrated artists, Whiteley won the Art Gallery of NSW Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes several times. ‘Girl Warming and Reading’ is a sublime find for collectors of Whiteley and the nude.

Brett WHITELEY (1939 - 1992)
'Girl Warming and Reading' 1981
linocut on paper
Edition of 10
Image Size: 30 x 30 cm
Signed: Signed and editioned in margin
Comes with Letter of Provenance

Exhibited: Brett Whiteley: Recent Nudes, The Artists Studio, Circular Quay, Sydney, 3 - 31 October 1981, cat. 48
Brett Whiteley: The Complete Graphics, 1961-1982, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 30 March - 24 April 1983 (label attached verso).
Brett Whiteley: Review of Prints, 1976-1983, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, 13 November - 7 December 1983, cat. 10, titled Warming (another example).
Brett Whiteley Graphics, Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney, 1997, cat. 28 (label attached verso).

Literature: Sutherland, K, Brett Whiteley: Catalogue Raisonne, Schwartz Publishing, Melbourne
Chris Deutscher, Brett Whiteley: the graphics 1961-1992, ‘Part one: editioned prints (1-111)’, pg. 11-99, Melbourne, 1995, 47 (colour illus.). 37.

Associated Works: An impression of this work is represented at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Accession No:212.2012.

Condition: Excellent
© Brett Whiteley / Copyright Agency 2022

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