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Mt Erebus



Sidney Nolan

Australia, England

22 Apr 1917 – 28 Nov 1992

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  • Details

    Other Titles
    Mount Erebus
    Mount Erebus, Antarctica
    Mt. Erebus, Antarctica
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil and alkyd gel medium on hardboard
    122.0 x 123.0 cm board; 131.8 x 131.8 x 3.9 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r.corner, pencil "28 Aug 1964 Nolan -".

    Sidney Nolan Deaccession Fund 2011
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/DACS. Copyright Agency

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  • About

    'It is black, ochre, dark green and blue, with an oyster coloured sky and an indigo sea. The colours appear as if under intense moonlight'.
    Sidney Nolan 1965

    Nolan's trip to Antarctica with his friend Alan Moorehead lasted only eight days in January 1964 but was enough for Nolan to later produce a large number of paintings on the theme. He worked incredibly fast, producing no less than 18 works between August 28 and 30 alone, helped by a quick-drying alkyd gel used as a substitute for linseed oil and turpentine; and sometimes using the scraping back technique of his Leda pictures. His adoption of oil paint (as opposed to the enamels and polyvinyl acetate of previous years) lends great translucence and fluidity to these romantically charged works.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 7 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 11 publications

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