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Title

Central Australia

1950


Artist

Sidney Nolan

Australia, England

22 Apr 1917 - 28 Nov 1992


About

'Central Australia' is among the most majestic paintings of the series that emerged out of Nolan's visit to Central Australia during 1949. Nolan himself stated to Professor Ford, who purchased this painting from Nolan's 1950 solo exhibition at David Jones' Art Gallery, that 'in many ways it was, I think, the most complete statement I was able to make on Central Australia'. Like other paintings of this series, it arose out of Nolan's experience of flying over inland Australia, accompanying mail runs to remote settlements. Using an aerial viewpoint to increase the sense of vastness, his painting celebrates the extraordinary beauty of desert colour, form and light.


Details


Date

1950


Media category

Painting


Materials used

Ripolin enamel and oil on hardboard


Dimensions

122.0 x 152.5 cm board; 138.2 x 168.0 x 1.8 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, red oil "18.3.50/ Nolan".


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Nelson Meers Foundation 2004


Accession number

201.2004


Wynne Prize

- 1950


Artist information

Sidney Nolan

Artist profile

Works in the collection

136


Shown in 8 exhibitions

Exhibition history