- December 1940
- Media categories
- Collage , Drawing
- Materials used
- collage of wood-cut illustrations on book page
- 20.1 x 13.1 cm sheet (irreg.)
- Signature & date
Signed and dated upper c. verso, pen and black ink "Dec. 1940. Nolan".
- Purchased 2003
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/DACS. Copyright Agency
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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.
Referenced in 7 publications
Christopher Chapman, Surrealism in Australia, Canberra, 1993, 10,14.
Jane Clark, Sidney Nolan - landscapes and legends: a retrospective exhibition 1937 - 1987, Sydney, 1987, 33.
Sue Cramer and Lesley Harding, Cubism & Australian art, Melbourne, 2009, 114-115.
Elwyn Lynn, Sidney Nolan: myth and imagery, London, 1967, 9-10.
Arthur McIntyre, Contemporary Australian collage and its origins, Roseville, 1990, 19, 30-32.
Kendrah Morgan, Sidney Nolan: early experiments with Narelle Jubelin: Coda, Bulleen, 2012, 11-12.
T.G. Rosenthal, Sidney Nolan, London, 2002, 25.
Other works by Sidney Nolan
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