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An image of Boat by Sidney Nolan

Sidney Nolan

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

Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on hardboard

122.5 x 154.0 cm board; 137.3 x 167.0 x 4.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, blue paint "N". Signed and dated verso, "... 1959/ Feb 18th 1959/ N./ ...".
Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 2001
Accession number
© The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Art Library
Not on display
Further information

One of the most famous of Nolan's European landscapes, this work was the result of a visit he and his wife made in 1956 to the island of Hydra, where they lived for several months. Its idyllic luminosity reflects their brief but happy period there, despite the fact that Nolan was already planning his dark and troubling Gallipoli series; stimulated by a meeting with Australian writer Alan Moorehead, living on the neighbouring island of Spetsai whilst writing his major study on the subject.

Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2001

Bibliography (10)

Brian Adams, Sidney Nolan: such is life, Melbourne, 1987, 134. General reference to landscapes made on Hydra

Jane Clark, Sidney Nolan - landscapes and legends: a retrospective exhibition 1937 - 1987, 'Europe and America', pg. 115-117, Sydney, 1987, 129 (colour illus.).

Nicholas Isherwood, Nolan's Nolans: a reputation reassessed, London, 1997, 59, 60 (colour illus.). 60; price £55,000

Bruce James, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Pick of the crop for wily Capon: Gallery acquisitions analysis', pg. 16, Sydney, 12 Apr 2001, 16.

Patrick McCaughey (Editor), Bert & Ned: the correspondence of Albert Tucker and Sidney Nolan, Carlton, 2006, 185 (colour illus.).

Hal Missingham, Sidney Nolan. Retrospective exhibition. Paintings from 1937 to 1967, 'Introduction', pg. 5-8, Sydney, 1967, 22. 97

Bryan Robertson, John Russell and Lord Snowdon, Private view: the lively world of British art, London, 1965, 70-71 (colour illus.).

T.G. Rosenthal, Sidney Nolan, 'Nolan the nomad', pg. 172-187, London, 2002, 177 (colour illus.), 178.

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Important purchases: what the Society and Contempo bought for the Gallery in 2001', pg. 16-17, South Yarra, Dec 2001-Jan 2002, 16, 17 (colour illus.).

Bronwyn Watson, Look, 'Nolan boost', pg. 18-19, South Yarra, Jun 2001, 18 (colour illus.), 19.

Exhibition history (3)

Sidney Nolan retrospective exhibition. Paintings from 1937 to 1967:

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

Nolan's Nolans: a reputation reassessed, Agnew's, London, London, 11 Jun 1997–25 Jul 1997