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Title

First-class marksman

1946


Artist

Sidney Nolan

Australia, England

22 Apr 1917 - 28 Nov 1992


About

'First-class marksman' shows the isolated figure of Ned Kelly in the solid black armour that is Nolan's most inventive pictorial device, its flat abstracted shape incongruously placed against a landscape of lyrical delicacy. The title refers to an incident which took place in Victoria's Wombat Ranges, when Kelly and his gang were practising their marksmanship, firing hundreds of rounds at surrounding trees from a bullet-proof hide-out.

Nolan made many paintings of the outlaw Kelly between 1946 and 1947 at Heide, home of patrons John and Sunday Reed. This was the only panel in the series not painted on the Heide dining table, but at the house of Russian expatriate artist Danila Vassilieff at Warrandyte, where Nolan was caretaker for two months. Its informal swift and transparent rendering is a precursor to subsequent series based on outback Queensland, such as 'Pretty Polly mine' 1948.


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Other Titles

First-class marksmen

The Marksman

Tireur de première classe


Alternative title

Tiratore di classe Tireur de premiere classe


Date

1946


Media category

Painting


Materials used

Ripolin enamel and alkyd on hardboard


Dimensions

90.2 x 121.2 cm board


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, pencil "12.12.46/ N.".


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Gleeson O'Keefe Foundation 2010


Accession number

62.2010


Artist information

Sidney Nolan

Artist profile

Works in the collection

136


Shown in 11 exhibitions

Exhibition history