Sidney Nolan: 10 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

(Murdered convict and axe) ascribed title (1978) by Sidney NolanCanberra Museum and Gallery

'For the term of his natural life comprises 31 drawings Sidney Nolan produced over a period of just one week in August 1978.'

Glenrowan-Ned Kelly Series (1946) by Sidney NOLANNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra

'She changed it as she ran along; a good mother.Sidney Nolan Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010'

Death of Lord Bellasis (1978) by Sidney NolanCanberra Museum and Gallery

'Nolan had a keen and enduring interest in literature, Australian history, and in the idea of the tragic hero. He was intrigued by the story of Rufus Dawes, and in only one week the artist produced this collection of drawings which vividly recounts aspects of the story.'

Sarah Purfoy with warder flogging skeleton (1978) by Sidney NolanCanberra Museum and Gallery

'Nolan had a keen and enduring interest in literature, Australian history, and in the idea of the tragic hero.'

The burning of the 'Hydaspes' (1978) by Sidney NolanCanberra Museum and Gallery

'Nolan focuses on key events and themes in the book which have universal significance relating to human suffering and survival.'

Rufus Dawes picking up Sylvia's ball (1978) by Sidney NolanCanberra Museum and Gallery

'He was intrigued by the story of Rufus Dawes, and in only one week the artist produced this collection of drawings which vividly recounts aspects of the story. Nolan focuses on key events and themes in the book which have universal significance relating to human suffering and survival.'

Suicide of two boy convicts (1978) by Sidney NolanCanberra Museum and Gallery

'He was intrigued by the story of Rufus Dawes, and in only one week the artist produced this collection of drawings which vividly recounts aspects of the story.'

(Prisoners and warders) ascribed title (1978) by Sidney NolanCanberra Museum and Gallery

'Nolan had a keen and enduring interest in literature, Australian history, and in the idea of the tragic hero. He was intrigued by the story of Rufus Dawes, and in only one week the artist produced this collection of drawings which vividly recounts aspects of the story.'

Untitled (1983) by Sidney NolanCanberra Museum and Gallery

'Rimbaud's writings were an enduring source of inspiration for Nolan and they are likely to have been a catalyst for this particular series, Remembrances of my youth. In these 14 images, Nolan mines the depths of his memory and subconscious to produce a series of heads which are highly individualistic.'

Untitled (1983) by Sidney NolanCanberra Museum and Gallery

'These works are amongst Nolan's most expressive and confronting. There is a freshness and immediacy to them which is partly achieved through the use of the spray can, which Nolan directly applied onto the white canvas.'

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