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

Title

Untitled

Dec 1940

Artist

Sidney Nolan

Australia, England

22 Apr 1917 - 28 Nov 1992

  • Details

    Date
    Dec 1940
    Media categories
    Collage , Drawing
    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
    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 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.

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 7 publications

Other works by Sidney Nolan

See more works