The ivory necklace
The ivory necklace

Brett Whiteley

1939 - 1992 The ivory necklace 1975
  • oil on canvas
110.6 cm x 202.4 cm

This expansive painting, depicting a glorious sweeping view through the verdant garden of Whiteley's studio to Lavender Bay, was one of the earliest acquisitions by Wesfarmers, purchased in 1986.

With a cameo drawing of the artist's wife, Wendy Whiteley, prominent in the foreground, surrounded by decorative personal items - including the string of ivory beads and a sensuously priapic candle - the work is as much an evocation of love and desire as it an ode to the beauty of Sydney.





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The Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art acknowledges all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Custodians of Country and recognises their continuing connection to land, sea, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

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