Sidney NOLAN, The slip Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1

Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • England and Australia from 1950

The slip 1947
Collection Title: Ned Kelly Series
Title Notes: 20
Materials & Technique: paintings, enamel paint on composition board

Primary Insc: not signed, dated reverse l.l., chalk "7-3-47"
Dimensions: 90.7 h x 121.1 w cm framed (overall) 91.5 h x 122.1 w x 3 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
Accession No: NGA 76.295

The gully was exceedingly rough and precipitous. So much so that on one occasion as we were ascending in single file one of the packhorses lost its footing and fell. Historical record

I was proud that I’d got the horses going up the hill all right. It was difficult for me. One of the pack horses had fallen, so I decided to put it upside down and give levitation another aspect. It is a dreadful descent and the horse will fall forever. I am nearing the climax of the tragedy. Sidney Nolan

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The gully was exceedingly rough and precipitous. So much so that on one occasion as we were ascending in single file one of the packhorses lost its footing and fell.

I was proud that I'd got the horses going up the hill all right. It was difficult for me. One of the pack horses had fallen, so I decided to put it upside down and give levitation another aspect. It is a dreadful descent and the horse will fall forever. I am nearing the climax of the tragedy.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra