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Collection

Sidney Nolan

(Australia, England 22 Apr 1917 – 28 Nov 1992)

Title
On the beach
Year
1942
Media categories
Drawing, Sketchbook
Materials used
alkyd and oil on ivory wove paper
Dimensions

24.7 x 26.9 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed with initial and dated u.l. corner verso, pencil "28-10-42".
Credit
Purchased 2013
Accession number
182.2013
Copyright
© Trustees of the Sydney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Art Library
Location
Not on display
Further information

'On the beach' 1942 was completed whilst Nolan was enlisted in the Australian army and posted to the Wimmera district - a period that is scarcely represented in the collection. This work arose directly from this experience and his feelings about the war. Reflecting influences from Picasso and Tucker, it is among a number of ‘pathological’ heads and portraits Nolan made c1942 that are important precursors to his 'Self portrait' and 'Colonial head' paintings, as well as oil on paper portrait heads.