Sidney NOLAN, Landscape Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1

Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • England and Australia from 1950

Landscape 1947
Collection Title: Ned Kelly Series
Title Notes: 01
Materials & Technique: paintings, enamel paint on composition board

Primary Insc: not signed, dated reverse u.l., chalk "31.1.47"
Dimensions: 121.4 h x 90.7 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
Accession No: NGA 76.276

The ‘Kelly Country’ is that portion of north-eastern Victoria which extends from Mansfield in the south to Yarrawonga in the north, and from Euroa in the south-east to Talangatta in the north-west. Historical record

I put a fire or a setting sun on the horizon… I wanted a clear ambiguity because this was a tranquil scene for the subsequent violence. It’s along the Goulburn River. That muddy, opaque quality of the dam is very Australian; muddy under the serene, clear blue sky. Sidney Nolan

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The 'Kelly Country' is that portion of north-eastern Victoria which extends from Mansfield in the south to Yarrawonga in the north, and from Euroa in the south-east to Tallangatta in the north-west.

I put a fire or a setting sun on the horizon ... I wanted a clear ambiguity because this was a tranquil scene for the subsequent violence. It's along the Gou/burn River. That muddy, opaque quality of the dam is very Australian; muddy under the serene, clear blue sky.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra