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Sidney Nolan, 1964

Axel Poignant

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 38.0 cm x 28.5 cm, image: 31.0 cm x 21.0 cm)

Sir Sidney Nolan (1917-1992), artist, was one of Australia's most original painters and one of the few to have achieved an international reputation in the twentieth century. Beginning his career as a commercial artist in the 1930s, he mounted his first solo exhibition in 1940. After having served as an army storeman in the Wimmera, he became associated with the modernist art patrons John and Sunday Reed at Heide, Victoria. At Heide between 1945 and 1947 he made the enormously complex Ned Kelly series of paintings for which he is best known. He continued to explore Australian themes and landscapes in paintings of Burke and Wills, Eliza Fraser, Gallipoli and the Eureka rebellion, and in his huge masterpiece Riverbend (1965). Many of his most significant works are housed in Canberra institutions. From 1950 Nolan lived abroad, returning to Australia at regular intervals.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Accession number: 2003.126

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Axel Poignant (age 58 in 1964)

Sidney Nolan (age 47 in 1964)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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