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Important Australian Art / Brett Whiteley (1939-1992) (Erotic Encounter), c.1978

Lot 20
Brett Whiteley
(Erotic Encounter), c.1978
23 August 2022, 19:00 AEST

AU$15,000 - AU$20,000

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Brett Whiteley (1939-1992)

(Erotic Encounter), c.1978
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.'

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