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Sidney Nolan

Australia, England

22 Apr 1917 - 28 Nov 1992


One of the most famous of Nolan's European landscapes, this work was the result of a visit he and his wife made in 1956 to the island of Hydra, where they lived for several months. Its idyllic luminosity reflects their brief but happy period there, despite the fact that Nolan was already planning his dark and troubling Gallipoli series; stimulated by a meeting with Australian writer Alan Moorehead, living on the neighbouring island of Spetsai whilst writing his major study on the subject.

Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2001


Place where the work was made

Hydra Greece



Media category


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on hardboard


122.5 x 154.0 cm board; 137.3 x 167.0 x 4.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, blue paint "N".
Signed and dated verso, "... 1959/ Feb 18th 1959/ N./ ...".


Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 2001


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Sidney Nolan

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 10 publications


Brian Adams, Sidney Nolan: such is life, Melbourne, 1987, 134. General reference to landscapes made on Hydra

Jane Clark, Sidney Nolan - landscapes and legends: a retrospective exhibition 1937 - 1987, 'Europe and America', pg. 115-117, Sydney, 1987, 129 (colour illus.).

Nicholas Isherwood, Nolan's Nolans: a reputation reassessed, London, 1997, 59, 60 (colour illus.). 60; price £55,000

Bruce James, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Pick of the crop for wily Capon: Gallery acquisitions analysis', pg. 16, Sydney, 12 Apr 2001, 16.

Patrick McCaughey (Editor), Bert & Ned: the correspondence of Albert Tucker and Sidney Nolan, Carlton, 2006, 185 (colour illus.).

Hal Missingham, Sidney Nolan. Retrospective exhibition. Paintings from 1937 to 1967, 'Introduction', pg. 5-8, Sydney, 1967, 22. 97

Bryan Robertson, John Russell and Lord Snowdon, Private view: the lively world of British art, London, 1965, 70-71 (colour illus.).

T.G. Rosenthal, Sidney Nolan, 'Nolan the nomad', pg. 172-187, London, 2002, 177 (colour illus.), 178.

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Important purchases: what the Society and Contempo bought for the Gallery in 2001', pg. 16-17, Melbourne, Dec 2001-Jan 2002, 16, 17 (colour illus.).

Bronwyn Watson, Look, 'Nolan boost', pg. 18-19, Melbourne, Jun 2001, 18 (colour illus.), 19.