We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Title

Luna Park

1941

Artist

Sidney Nolan

Australia, England

22 Apr 1917 - 28 Nov 1992

Alternate image of Luna Park by Sidney Nolan
Alternate image of Luna Park by Sidney Nolan
Alternate image of Luna Park by Sidney Nolan
Alternate image of Luna Park by Sidney Nolan
Alternate image of Luna Park by Sidney Nolan
Alternate image of Luna Park by Sidney Nolan
  • Details

    Date
    1941
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    nitrocellulose lacquer on canvas
    Dimensions
    67.0 x 84.0 cm stretcher; 78.7 x 95.4 x 3.3 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Dated l.l., black synthetic polymer paint ".../ 41".

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Nelson Meers Foundation 2003
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    35.2003
    Copyright
    © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/DACS. Licensed by Copyright Agency

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Sidney Nolan

    Artist profile

    Works in the collection

    140

    Share
  • About

    Sidney Nolan began his career in Melbourne in 1938 at the age of 21, a largely self-taught, consciously determined innovator. Work by Picasso, Cézanne, Rousseau, Matisse and van Gogh that he saw in the 1939 Herald exhibition of French and British contemporary art at the Melbourne Town Hall profoundly affected his visual imagination.

    From the outset, Nolan drew on elements in the everyday world around him that lent themselves to abstraction. In 'Luna Park', inspired by the linear ironwork grid of the Big Dipper at St Kilda’s celebrated fun fair, Nolan transforms the structure into a pattern of graceful arabesques and rectangles set against the vivid colours of the fair and sky beyond.

  • Video

    Video 19:54

    Violence and sunlight: the art of Sidney Nolan

    Watch on Gallery Channel


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 30 publications

Other works by Sidney Nolan

See more works