An image of Central Australia

Sidney Nolan

(Australia, England 22 Apr 1917 – 28 Nov 1992)

Central Australia

Not on display
Further information

'Central Australia' is among the most majestic paintings of the series that emerged out of Nolan's visit to Central Australia during 1949. Nolan himself stated to Professor Ford, who purchased this painting from Nolan's 1950 solo exhibition at David Jones' Art Gallery, that 'in many ways it was, I think, the most complete statement I was able to make on Central Australia'. Like other paintings of this series, it arose out of Nolan's experience of flying over inland Australia, accompanying mail runs to remote settlements. Using an aerial viewpoint to increase the sense of vastness, his painting celebrates the extraordinary beauty of desert colour, form and light.

enamel and oil on hardboard
122.0 x 152.5 cm board; 138.2 x 168.0 x 1.8 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, red oil "18.3.50/ Nolan".
Purchased with funds provided by the Nelson Meers Foundation 2004
Accession number
© The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Art Library
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