Brett Whiteley 'Poem for a Lover' - original screen print

Regular price $22,000.00

Brett Whiteley is one of Australia’s most celebrated artists. Having won the Art Gallery of NSW Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes several times, Whiteley’s artistic recognition transcended into celebrity status both here and overseas. Known for his sensuous line work, ‘Poem to a Lover’ testifies to Whiteley’s enduring adoration for the romantic. A heartfelt musing on being in love, this depiction of a cherry blossom tree engages nature as a metaphor for a lover’s journey - delicate, wild, and in full bloom.

‘Poem to a Lover’ marks the moment in time when Brett Whiteley was in the final days of his marriage to his long time muse Wendy Whiteley and embarking on a new, and ultimately tragic love affair with fellow heroin addict, Janice Spencer. The inspiration for ‘Poem to a Lover’ came from Brett and Janice’s romantic sojourn in Japan. Wendy was successful in overcoming drug addiction while Brett and his lover Janice both died of heroin overdoses.

This masterful original screen print was created with nine stencils and hand embellished by the artist with pink metallic paint. It is sure to always inspire those who cherish the visual poetry of Brett Whiteley.

Contact us for more information about this outstanding opportunity to be the custodian of such an powerful and heartfelt work of art.

Brett WHITELEY (1939 - 1992)
'Poem for a Lover' 1988
colour screenprint printed in 9 colours with hand colouring with pink metallic paint
Edition of 80
Image Size: 77 x 80 cm
Dimensions: 110 x 97 cm
Signed: Signed, titled and numbered below image
Comes with Letter of Provenance

REFERENCE: Deutscher, C., Brett Whiteley: The Graphics 1961 – 1992, Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne, 1995, p. 94 (illustrated, another impression from the edition), cat. 99, p. 115 Colour screenprint printed in 9 colours with hand colouring with pink metallic paint
Availability: in stock
Condition:As New: The work of art is in the same immaculate condition as when it was created. This could be the description for a work of art that may have been in storage for years, never sold on the market but may still be some years old.

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