Central Australia

Sidney Nolan1950

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Central Australia' is among the most majestic paintings of the series that emerged out of Nolan's visit to Central Australia during 1949. Nolan himself stated to Professor Ford, who purchased this painting from Nolan's 1950 solo exhibition at David Jones' Art Gallery, that 'in many ways it was, I think, the most complete statement I was able to make on Central Australia'. Like other paintings of this series, it arose out of Nolan's experience of flying over inland Australia, accompanying mail runs to remote settlements. Using an aerial viewpoint to increase the sense of vastness, his painting celebrates the extraordinary beauty of desert colour, form and light.

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  • Title: Central Australia
  • Creator: Sidney Nolan
  • Date Created: 1950
  • Physical Dimensions: 122.0 x 152.5 cm board; 138.2 x 168.0 x 1.8 cm frame
  • Provenance: Professor Edward Ford, 31 Mar 1950-22 Oct 1975, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Purchased by Professor Edward Ford from 'Sidney Nolan: Exhibition of Central Australian landscapes', David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney 31 March - 14 April 1950 (19). Sold by Professor Edward Ford through Christie's auction, 22 October 1975.; Joseph Brender, pre 1979, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia; Christie's, Australia Pty. Ltd., 22 Oct 1975, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Sold through auction 'Australian paintings', Christie's , Sydney, 22 October 1975 (418) to a private collector in Melbourne.; Private Collection, post 1975, Melbourne/Victoria/Australia; Private Collection, pre 2004, Melbourne/Victoria/Australia
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased with funds provided by the Nelson Meers Foundation 2004
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/201.2004
  • Medium: Ripolin enamel and oil on hardboard
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated l.r. corner, red oil "18.3.50/ Nolan".
  • Artist Country: Australia, England