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Untitled (abstract)

circa 1939


Sidney Nolan

Australia, England

22 Apr 1917 – 28 Nov 1992

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  • Details

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    circa 1939
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on blotting paper
    44.5 x 57.3 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., black oil "Nolan". Not dated.

    Purchased 2013
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/DACS. Copyright Agency

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    Sidney Nolan

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  • About

    Exploring the foundation elements of line, shape and colour, this drawing witnesses Nolan's early efforts to create a modernist language that drew upon everything that interested him – from art to elements in the everyday world around him. In particular, it relate to Nolan's 'Luna Park' painting (also in the Art gallery of New South Wales collection), sharing its source in the linear ironwork frame of the Big Dipper at Melbourne’s celebrated Luna Park funfair in St Kilda.

    Nolan's search for innovative form and structure led him to try a range of drawing media from crayon, gouache, watercolour and pastel to oil and enamel paints – and to make his drawings, paintings or prints on paper of different textures and densities from tissue paper, through glossy art and photographic paper to blotting paper (as in this case) or even glass.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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