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Sidney Nolan

Australia, England

22 Apr 1917 - 28 Nov 1992


'Of course Rimbaud … at a certain point … started to push further and to attribute musical sounds to the structure of his words … and all painters and poets I think try and aspire to music in that sense because music has the most immediate effect on the sensations. You know, it's obvious when you are in the concert hall, that everybody, after a while if the music is working, they all start to breathe in the same rhythm, you can feel it'.
Sidney Nolan 1980

After settling at The Rodd in 1983, Nolan took up spray painting. Although his mission to return to abstraction had begun a few years before, it now produced the final blossoming of his painting.




Media category


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


182.5 x 160.0 cm stretcher

Signature & date

Signed and dated verso on stretcher, black charcoal "May 86 nolan".
Signed top c. verso on stretcher, black charcoal ".... NOLAN".


Gift of Bond Street City Freeholds Ltd 1989


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Sidney Nolan

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 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, unknown.

David Dolan., Silk Route, 'Silken surprises', Canberra, 1987. 3; titled 'Desert'

Holdsworth Contemporary Galleries, Sir Sidney Nolan, Sydney, 1988. 25; titled 'Desert'

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

Barry Pearce, Frances Lindsay, Lou Klepac and Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Sidney Nolan, 'Late works 1981-88', pg. 214-227, Sydney, 2007, 13, 60-61, 214-215, 225 (colour illus.), 239, 251. 115

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, unknown.

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Highlight shows in 2007', pg. 13, Sydney, Nov 2006, 13 (colour illus.).

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