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Title

Untitled (abstract)


Artist

Sidney Nolan

Australia, England

22 Apr 1917 - 28 Nov 1992


About

Exploring the foundation elements of line, shape and colour, this drawing witnesses Nolan's early efforts to create a modernist language that drew upon everything that interested him – from art to elements in the everyday world around him. In particular, it relate to Nolan's 'Luna Park' painting (also in the Art gallery of New South Wales collection), sharing its source in the linear ironwork frame of the Big Dipper at Melbourne’s celebrated Luna Park funfair in St Kilda.

Nolan's search for innovative form and structure led him to try a range of drawing media from crayon, gouache, watercolour and pastel to oil and enamel paints – and to make his drawings, paintings or prints on paper of different textures and densities from tissue paper, through glossy art and photographic paper to blotting paper (as in this case) or even glass.


Details


Date

1939


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

oil, gesso on blotting paper


Dimensions

44.5 x 56.8 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner verso, pencil "1939/ Nolan".


Credit

Purchased 2013


Location

Not on display


Accession number

174.2013


Artist information

Sidney Nolan

Works in the collection

135