T00433 Untitled Red Painting 1960
Inscribed on back of canvas 'Brett Whiteley 60' and 'TOP' with arrows
Oil and collage on canvas, 52 1/4 x 73 1/4 (133 x 186)
Purchased from the artist through the Whitechapel Art Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1961
Exh: Recent Australian Painting, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, June-July 1961 (108)
Repr: John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery (London 1962), p.262; John Douglas Pringle, Australian Painting Today (London 1963), p.88 in colour
The artist wrote (28 January 1962) that this picture was painted in the winter of 1960 and took three months, October to December, to complete. It started as a white painting about 'love' and went on quite well for a couple of months, but then he developed it into a red composition without a specific theme.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.762, reproduced p.762