Important Australian Art / Brett Whiteley (1939-1992) (Erotic Encounter), c.1978
AU$15,000 - AU$20,000
Brett Whiteley (1939-1992)
ink on paper
53.0 x 63.0cm (20 7/8 x 24 13/16in).
Private collection, Sydney, a gift from the artist
Kathie Sutherland, Brett Whiteley: Catalogue Raisonne, Schwartz Publishing, Melbourne, 2020, cat. 64.78 (addendum)
'I saw a dazzling vision of A Greek
In white light of morning
with eyes the antique
Blue of sky above a foreign sea
In worlds on ancient being
These eyes of blue salty clarity
and all but me and this unseeing
I hung within a ringing drop
of fluid beauty, sinking
Softly in a green bream of sea,
a foreign sea, unknown to me
Before I saw by passions formal law.
The slanting planes of eye and chin and cheek
That glinting formed the vision of the Greek. P.C.'