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Nolan created several works depicting Ned Kelly on his horse, all of them different. In the Foundation Collection, there are two paintings created a year apart that share the same title. In the earlier painting, created in 1945, Kelly appears behind a shroud of saplings, and notably his back is to the viewer. There is a sense of comic absurdity as we see the bushranger, weighed down by his home-made armour, struggling to gain a foothold to mount his horse which patiently stands by.

Details

  • Title: Kelly and horse
  • Creator: Sidney Nolan
  • Date: 1945
  • Physical Dimensions: 63.5 x 76.1cm
  • Medium: Enamel on cardboard
  • Series: Foundation Collection

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