An image of Luna Park

Sidney Nolan

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

Luna Park

Not on display
Further information

Sidney Nolan began his career in Melbourne in 1938 at the age of 21, a largely self-taught, consciously determined innovator. Work by Picasso, Cézanne, Rousseau, Matisse and van Gogh that he saw in the 1939 Herald exhibition of French and British contemporary art at the Melbourne Town Hall profoundly affected his visual imagination.

From the outset, Nolan drew on elements in the everyday world around him that lent themselves to abstraction. In 'Luna Park', inspired by the linear ironwork grid of the Big Dipper at St Kilda’s celebrated fun fair, Nolan transforms the structure into a pattern of graceful arabesques and rectangles set against the vivid colours of the fair and sky beyond.

enamel on canvas
67.0 x 84.0 cm stretcher; 72.3 x 89.5 x 4.3 cm frame
Signature & date
Dated l.l., black synthetic polymer paint ".../ 41".
Purchased with funds provided by the Nelson Meers Foundation 2003
Accession number
© The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Art Library
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