Sidney NOLAN, Bush picnic Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1

Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • England and Australia from 1950

Bush picnic 1946
Collection Title: Ned Kelly Series
Title Notes: 19
Materials & Technique: paintings, enamel paint on composition board

Primary Insc: signed and dated l.r., pencil "Sept 29th 46/ N"
Dimensions: 90.4 h x 121.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
Accession No: NGA 76.293

On one occasion the outlaws had arranged to have a picnic some distance from Violet Town. The Kellys’ friends flattered the constable and shouted freely for him. He got pretty full and someone suggested dancing on the green. Good music was available and Ned Kelly took the merry constable as his partner in a buck set. Historical record

This is just a story. If I were making a film I could have the policeman and the members of the gang in disguise but this is as impossible as the horse in The evening. It’s a fantasy. Sidney Nolan

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

On one occasion the outlaws had arranged to have a picnic some distance from Violet Town. The Kellys' friends flattered the constable and shouted freely for him. He got pretty full and someone suggested dancing on the green. Good music was available and Ned Kelly took the merry constable as his partner in a buck set.

This is just a story. If I were making a film I could have the policeman and the members of the gang in disguise but this is as impossible as the horse in 'The evening’. It's a fantasy.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra