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An image of The galaxy by Sidney Nolan
Alternate image of The galaxy by Sidney Nolan Alternate image of The galaxy by Sidney Nolan

Sidney Nolan

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

The galaxy
Alternative title:
Soldiers shelled while bathing
Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas on hardboard

193.0 x 256.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed l.l., "N". Not dated.
Gift of Patrick White 1974
Accession number
© The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust. Bridgeman Art Library
Lowy, Gonski Gallery
Bibliography (6)

Jane Clark, Sidney Nolan - landscapes and legends: a retrospective exhibition 1937 - 1987, Sydney, 1987, 124 (illus.).

Peter Craven, The life of Patrick White, Canberra, 2012, 15 (illus.). Photograph shows Patrick White and Sidney Nolan in front of the painting in 1963.

Helen Hewitt, Voices, 'Patrick White: painter manqué', pg. 61-70, Canberra, Winter 1997, 65, 67 (illus.). Illustration shows Patrick White and Sidney Nolan standing in front of the painting, c1960s.

Helen Verity Hewitt, Patrick White, painter, manqué: paintings, painters and their influence on his writing, 'White and the Sydney Art World: I', pg. 44-53, Carlton, 2002, 48, following 80 (illus.), 143. Photograph by Axel Poignant of Patrick White with Sidney Nolan standing before Nolan's painting 'Galaxy', c1960s.

David Marr, Patrick White: A life by David Marr, Milsons Point, 1991, 445.

The Zwemmer Gallery, Transferences, London, 1958, (illus.). 4; titled 'Soldiers shelled while bathing'; not dated

Exhibition history (3)

Transferences, The Zwemmer Gallery, London, Jun 1958–Jul 1958

Sidney Nolan: landscapes and legends a retrospective exhibition 1937 - 1987:

Mad through the darkness: Australian artists and the Great War, 25 Apr 2015–11 Oct 2015