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Title

Untitled

Dec 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

Dec 1940


Media category

Collage


Materials used

collage of wood-cut illustrations on book page


Dimensions

20.1 x 13.1 cm sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Signed and dated upper c. verso, pen and black ink "Dec. 1940. Nolan".


Credit

Purchased 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

53.2003


Artist information

Sidney Nolan

Artist profile

Works in the collection

136


Referenced in 7 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.

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

Sidney Nolan, London, 2002, 25.

Surrealism in Australia, Canberra, 1993, 10,14.

Cubism & Australian art, Carlton, 2009, 114-115.