(Australia, England 22 Apr 1917 – 28 Nov 1992)
- 20th & 21st c Australian art
- Further information
'Robbed' was created at a key moment in Sidney Nolan’s early career. Dating from the artist’s important 1946–47 Ned Kelly series, it is one of several paintings that were edited out of the final core of works chosen to represent the Kelly
Painted when a more lyrical mood had evolved in the series, 'Robbed' is bathed in a soft light, evoking a dreamlike quality – a portent of perhaps of impending violence. The naked figures may be humiliated police, stripped of their uniforms and their horses stolen – possibly the two whom the Kelly gang ambushed at Jerilderie. Alternatively, 'Robbed' may be loosely based on earlier incidents in Kelly’s career and intended for the beginning of the series, to portray the germination of the bushranger’s notoriety.
- Ripolin enamel on hardboard
- 91.5 x 122.0 cm board; 102.0 x 132.2 x 2.0 cm frame
- Signature & date
- Not signed. Not dated.
- Purchased with funds provided by the Nelson Meers Foundation 2004
- Accession number
- © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Art Library