Sidney NOLAN, The burning tree Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1

Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • England and Australia from 1950

The burning tree 1947
Collection Title: Ned Kelly Series
Title Notes: 02
Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, enamel paint on composition board

Primary Insc: not signed, dated reverse top c., chalk "18-5-47"
Dimensions: 90.7 h x 121.2 w cm framed (overall) 91.3 h x 122.2 w x 3.1 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
Accession No: NGA 76.278

At one time during a police search in the Warby Ranges I allowed the men, seeing they had had no warmth for weeks, to set fire to an old hollow tree. Historical record

It is typical of Australia that to keep warm the policemen set fire to a whole, standing hollow tree, which would have been a blazing beacon to any Kellys or their friends. It looks spectacular, Wagnerian. Sidney Nolan

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

At one time during a police search in the Warby Ranges I allowed the men, seeing they had had no warmth for weeks, to set fire to an old hollow tree.

It is typical of Australia that to keep warm the policemen set fire to a whole, standing hollow tree, which would have been a blazing beacon to any Kellys or their friends. It looks spectacular, Wagnerian.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra