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Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • England and Australia from 1950

Secret life of birds c.1940 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, collages, graphite; paper, feather; wood drawing in black pencil with collage of feathers and twigs Support: paper mounted on paper

Primary Insc: not signed, not dated. inscribed lower left in black pencil, 'Secret life of birds/marked on soft fences,/crying for a bright pain/folded in the child air'.
Dimensions: sheet 31.2 h x 24.8 w cm backing 39.6 h x 33.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1992
Accession No: NGA 92.1150
Subject: Australia, Art style: Surrealism
Image rights: © Sidney Nolan Trust
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from the artist, 1992.