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Title

Drought skeleton

1953


Artist

Sidney Nolan

Australia, England

22 Apr 1917 - 28 Nov 1992


About

In June 1952 Sidney Nolan travelled to the Northern Territory and Queensland, under commission from the Brisbane Courier-Mail, to record the effects of severe drought in the north of the continent. 'Drought skeleton', with its heat-seared bony remains, is one of a number of stark, uncompromising paintings created out of this harrowing experience.

Nolan’s approach was influenced by a recent visit to Italy where, during a visit to Pompeii, he had gained a similar sense of life suddenly suspended following the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. The contorted forms of animals and humans petrified in the ashes – of which he’d seen plaster casts in the Pompeii museum – bore strong similarities to the twisted, yet still life-like, limbs of carcasses that resulted from drought.


Details


Other Titles

Carcass

Drought


Date

1953


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on hardboard


Dimensions

90.5 x 121.0 cm board; 105.7 x 136.2 x 4.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated lower c., yellow/ochre oil "NOLAN/ 53/ .".


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Nelson Meers Foundation 2002


Accession number

229.2002


Artist information

Sidney Nolan

Artist profile

Works in the collection

136


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history