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An image of Desert by Sidney Nolan

Sidney Nolan

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

Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas

182.5 x 160.0 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Signed and dated verso on stretcher, black charcoal "May 86 nolan". Signed top c. verso on stretcher, black charcoal ".... NOLAN".
Gift of Bond Street City Freeholds Ltd 1989
Accession number
© The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Art Library
Not on display
Further information

'Of course Rimbaud … at a certain point … started to push further and to attribute musical sounds to the structure of his words … and all painters and poets I think try and aspire to music in that sense because music has the most immediate effect on the sensations. You know, it's obvious when you are in the concert hall, that everybody, after a while if the music is working, they all start to breathe in the same rhythm, you can feel it'.
Sidney Nolan 1980

After settling at The Rodd in 1983, Nolan took up spray painting. Although his mission to return to abstraction had begun a few years before, it now produced the final blossoming of his painting.

Bibliography (10)

Brian Adams, Sidney Nolan: such is life, Melbourne, 1987, 254. NOTE: General reference.

Mark Baker., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Nolan walks a silken road to eternity', Sydney, 08 Oct 1983, unknown.

David Dolan., Silk Route, 'Silken surprises', Canberra, 1987. 3; titled 'Desert'

Holdsworth Contemporary Galleries, Sir Sidney Nolan, Sydney, 1988. 25; titled 'Desert'

Sandra McGrath., The Weekend Australian, 'Nolan's love affair with China', Surry Hills, 07 Mar 1981-08 Mar 1981, unknown.

Barry Pearce, Frances Lindsay, Lou Klepac and Edmund Capon, Sidney Nolan, 'Late works 1981-88', pg. 214-227, Sydney, 2007, 13, 60-61, 214-215, 225 (colour illus.), 239, 251. 115

T.G. Rosenthal, Sidney Nolan, London, 2002, 295. NOTE: General reference.

Susanna Short., The Age, 'Nolan finds serenity in barbarian desert art', Melbourne, 19 Sep 1983, unknown.

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Highlight shows in 2007', pg. 13, Newtown, Nov 2006, 13 (colour illus.).

The Silk Road: An exhibition of new paintings by Sir Sidney Nolan, Hong Kong, 1987. not paginated; no catalogue list

Exhibition history (5)

Recent work: Sidney Nolan [1986], The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 16 Oct 1986–08 Nov 1986

The Silk Road: An exhibition of new paintings by Sir Sidney Nolan [1987], The Rotunda, Jan 1987–Jan 1987

Silk Route [1988], Nolan Gallery, Australia, 15 Jul 1987–20 Sep 1987

Sir Sidney Nolan [1988], Holdsworth Contemporary Galleries, East Sydney, 05 Jan 1988–04 Feb 1988

Sidney Nolan (2007-2008):