Kelly and horse

Sidney Nolan1945

Canberra Museum and Gallery

Canberra Museum and Gallery

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.

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