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Title

Untitled

circa 1940


Artist

Sidney Nolan

Australia, England

22 Apr 1917 - 28 Nov 1992


About

Sidney Nolan created this collage using 19th-century wood-cut illustrations, changing its orientation and juxtaposing disparate images to defy any narrative interpretation. The stark tonal contrast of black and white lends emotive force and a surreal, dreamlike quality. Nolan’s unorthodox approach sought to disorient the senses in order to convey an intense emotional reality, inspired particularly by French poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854–91).

Fascinated by the multi-functional potential of collage, Nolan combined its sculptural capacity with the shapes and tones of his source materials to create an abstract composition. His patchwork quilt-like structure suggests movement or fracture and forces our perception to slip between surface
and illusory depth.


Details


Date

circa 1940


Media category

Collage


Materials used

collage of wood-cut illustrations on book page


Dimensions

16.7 x 11.6 cm sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

50.2003


Artist information

Sidney Nolan

Artist profile

Works in the collection

136


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Elwyn Lynn, Sidney Nolan: myth and imagery, London, 1967, 9-10.

Arthur McIntyre, Contemporary Australian collage and its origins, Roseville, 1990, 19, 30-32.

Sidney Nolan: early experiments with Narelle Jubelin: Coda, Bulleen, 2012, 11-12.

Jane Clark, Sidney Nolan - landscapes and legends: a retrospective exhibition 1937 - 1987, Sydney, 1987, 33.

T.G. Rosenthal, Sidney Nolan, London, 2002, 25.