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Animal in swamp



Sidney Nolan

Australia, England

22 Apr 1917 – 28 Nov 1992

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Alternate image of Animal in swamp by Sidney Nolan
Alternate image of Animal in swamp by Sidney Nolan
Alternate image of Animal in swamp by Sidney Nolan
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Putney London England
    Media category
    Materials used
    polyvinyl acetate on hardboard
    151.5 x 124.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l. corner, brown/green polyvinyl acetate paint "n". Not dated.

    Gifted by Ausgrid on behalf of the NSW Government 2013
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/DACS. Copyright Agency

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  • About

    In 1957, Sidney Nolan moved to a river frontage house at Putney in London. The muddy tidal reaches of the Thames began to influence his palette and, utilising a new medium of fast-drying polyvinyl acetate mixed with dry pigments, he began to scrape and pull the paint in thin layers across the surface of the board with a squeegee.

    Still fresh in his mind was a recent visit in 1955 to Greece, where the stories of the battle at Gallipoli and the ancient myth of Leda and the Swan became new obsessions and resulted in a group of drawings in ink and crayon. These later informed the series of portraits based on the Gallipoli tragedy and the darkly haunting paintings of Leda, which he embarked upon during his Harkness Fellowship residency in New York in 1958.

    Memories of forms gliding on the Thames were evoked through the slick texture of the polyvinyl acetate, allowing figures to realise themselves within the medium like apparitions haunting the watery landscape.

    'Animal in swamp' was first exhibited at Durlacher Bros Gallery in New York in 1958 and included in Nolan's first retrospective, held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1967.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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