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The journey



Sidney Nolan

Australia, England

22 Apr 1917 - 28 Nov 1992


Other Title

The journey (Silk Road cat no 39)



Media category


Materials used

acrylic enamel spray on canvas


152.8 x 122.0 cm stretcher

Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, brown acrylic "nolan". Not dated.


Gift of Bond Street City Freeholds 1989


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Sidney Nolan

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 10 publications


Brian Adams, Sidney Nolan: such is life, Melbourne, 1987, 254. NOTE: General reference.

Mark Baker., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Nolan walks a silken road to eternity', Sydney, 08 Oct 1983, page unknown. NOTE: General reference.

David Dolan., Silk Route, 'Silken surprises', Canberra, 1987. 39; titled 'The journey'; not paginated

Holdsworth Contemporary Galleries, Sir Sidney Nolan, Sydney, 1988. NOTE: There are four paintings from the 'Silk Route' series titled 'The journey' included in the exhibition. These are 47 - 50. They all have the same dimensions. None of the paintings are reproduced. Catalogue states all paintings were produced during 1986.

Sandra McGrath., The Weekend Australian, 'Nolan's love affair with China', Sydney, 07 Mar 1981-08 Mar 1981. NOTE: General reference.

Barry Pearce, Frances Lindsay, Lou Klepac and Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Sidney Nolan, 'Late works 1981-88', pg. 214-227, Sydney, 2007, 60-61, 214- 215, 239, 251. NOTE: General reference. This painting was not included in the AGNSW retrospective.

T.G. Rosenthal, Sidney Nolan, London, 2002, 295. NOTE: General reference.

Susanna Short., The Age, 'Nolan finds serenity in barbarian desert art', Melbourne, 19 Sep 1983, page unknown. NOTE: General reference.

The Silk Road: An exhibition of new paintings by Sir Sidney Nolan, Hong Kong, 1987. not paginated; no catalogue list

Nolan: Everyone feels they know Nolan, but that is far from the truth, East Melbourne, 2018. DVD documentary