Brett Whiteley was born in Sydney, Australia where he attended the Julian Ashton Art School between 1957 and 1959. He was awarded a travelling scholarship in 1960 which took him to Italy and then onto London. During the early 1960s Whiteley achieved notable success and produced many of his finest works. His principal themes were landscape, still life, the nude, animals and birds. 'Woman in a Bath II' is one of a series of paintings on this subject painted in 1963. The model was Wendy Julius the artist's wife. Whiteley wrote: 'Any good work of art can be analysed to have somehow perfectly balanced the forces of abstraction, realism and expressionism'.
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