Winding, python-like river beds were shallow, dry ... lime-green areas, purple centred ... This was proper painter's country ... barren, patterned by zig-zagging straps, snakes wriggling off between different mountain ... Lake Rudolph became ineffably blue, breathlessly beautiful, as we approached over ground made up of every grey and brown hitherto unimagined. There were unsuspected varieties of pale orange, a new blue, strange whites. A volcano made a neat scoop beside pools, bays and spreading cut-off lagoons of verdigris and prune. Sidney was wrenched sideways, almost standing, concentrated, taut, his eyes like arrows shooting to nail this enchanted moment. Its communication, once crystallised, would be stored, held intact yet forgotten until unconsciously rather than by an act of will it would be called upon in some unpredictable future.
excerpt from Cynthia Nolan, 'One traveller's Africa', Methuen and Co., London, 1965
oil on hardboard
120.5 x 152.4 cm board; 143.5 x 174.5 x 6.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, beige oil "N [in reverse]". Not dated.
Purchased with grateful acknowledgement to Cynthia Nolan 2005
Not on display
© The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Art Library
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Sidney Nolan retrospective exhibition. Paintings from 1937 to 1967:
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 13 Sep 1967–29 Oct 1967
- National Gallery of Victoria [Swanston Street], Melbourne 22 Nov 1967–17 Dec 1967
- Western Australian Art Gallery, Perth 09 Jan 1968–04 Feb 1968
Sidney Nolan (1989), Waddington Galleries, London, 01 Feb 1989–25 Feb 1989
Sidney Nolan: Miners, myths, wildlife (2005):
Sidney Nolan (2007-2008):
Referenced in 15 publications
Brian Adams, Sidney Nolan: such is life, Melbourne, 1987, 160-167. NOTE: General reference.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2006, 'Year in review: Australian art', pg. 20-22, Sydney, 2006, 20, 22 (colour illus.).
Larry Boys, Bulletin, 'Nolan's African journey: a Bulletin portfolio', 'Roving reporter of art: Africa in vivid November from Larry Boys in London', pg. 32, Sydney, 24 Aug 1963, (colour illus.). titled 'Landscape'
Edmund Capon, I blame Duchamp: my life's adventures in art, 'Sidney Nolan', pg. 58-65, Sydney, 2009, 64.
Christie's, Australia Pty. Ltd., Christie's Australia. Australian and International Paintings, including Contemporary Australian art. Melbourne 1 & 2 May 2000, Melbourne, 2000, 226 (colour illus.). lot no. 263
Elwyn Lynn, Sidney Nolan: myth and imagery, London, 1967, 38-45. NOTE: General reference.
Hal Missingham, Sidney Nolan. Retrospective exhibition. Paintings from 1937 to 1967, Sydney, 1967. cat.no. 120
Cynthia Nolan, One traveller's Africa, London, 1965, opposite 29 (illus.). titled 'Landscape'
Barry Pearce, Frances Lindsay, Lou Klepac and Edmund Capon, Sidney Nolan, 'The African paintings', pg. 41-45, Sydney, 2007, 14, 51, 54, 178, 188 (colour illus.), 237. cat.no. 91
Barry Pearce, Look, 'Sidney Nolan and the genius of painting', pg. 12-13, Sydney, Jul 2006, 12, 13 (colour illus.).
Savill Galleries [Sydney], Sidney Nolan: miners, myths, wildlife, Sydney, 2005, (colour illus.). cat.no. 12
Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Nolan's Africa', pg. 13, Sydney, Dec 2014-Jan 2015, 13 (colour illus.).
Nicholas Usherwood., Nolan's Nolans: a reputation reassessed, 'Introduction', London, 1997. NOTE: General reference. Also see cat.no. 65: 'Rimbaud at Harar' 1963.
Waddington Galleries (Compilator), Sidney Nolan (1989), London, 1989, (colour illus.). cat.no. 9
G.S. Whittet (Editor) and David Pelham (Art Editor), The Studio, G.S. Whittet, 'May days for the Moderns: London commentary', pg. 10-11, London, Jul 1963.