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Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly

written by Murray Bail, Andrew Sayers

National Gallery of Australia | ISBN 9780642542014

Paperback – 78 pages

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Sidney Nolan (1917--1992) built a compelling narrative around the figure of Ned Kelly, a colourful anti-hero in homemade armor, and the comic-opera police who pursue him through the vast and featureless Australian bush landscape. The mythologizing of Ned Kelly - a horsethief hanged in Melbourne in 1880, at age 25 - did not start with Nolan's paintings, but his images remain the most enduring and instantly recognizable versions. With the stark black silhouette of Ned Kelly, Nolan found his most powerful symbol and poetic metaphor for Australian's relationship with their land.

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