An image of Woman in bath

Brett Whiteley

(Australia, England 07 Apr 1939 – 15 Jun 1992)

Woman in bath

Other titles:
Woman in the Bath 4, Woman in bath IV, Woman in the bath 4
20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

Following his Sigean abstractions, Whiteley's increasing preoccupation with the female torso led to his bathroom series which preserved the warm colours of his abstractions while constrasting them with the bathroom's acid blues and greens. The series signalled his breakthrough as a figure draughtsman and his desire to make eroticism more explicit:

'All the paintings I have made in the last four years have been concerned one way or another with sex and the desire to record sensual behaviour.'
- Brett Whiteley 1964

Focusing on the naked form of his wife Wendy in the bath, Whiteley's Woman in bath series, captured the tactility and tones of her flesh with a profound intimacy, rarely equalled in later paintings on this subject.

re-worked 1964
oil, paper, graphite and tempera on plywood
183.1 x 218.7 cm board; 188.0 x 224.0 x 6.3 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.l., white oil "Whiteley". Not dated.

Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 2000
Accession number
© Wendy Whiteley