An image of Mt Erebus

Sidney Nolan

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

Mt Erebus

Other titles:
Mount Erebus, Mount Erebus, Antarctica, Mt. Erebus, Antarctica
Not on display
Further information

'It is black, ochre, dark green and blue, with an oyster coloured sky and an indigo sea. The colours appear as if under intense moonlight'.
Sidney Nolan 1965

Nolan's trip to Antarctica with his friend Alan Moorehead lasted only eight days in January 1964 but was enough for Nolan to later produce a large number of paintings on the theme. He worked incredibly fast, producing no less than 18 works between August 28 and 30 alone, helped by a quick-drying alkyd gel used as a substitute for linseed oil and turpentine; and sometimes using the scraping back technique of his Leda pictures. His adoption of oil paint (as opposed to the enamels and polyvinyl acetate of previous years) lends great translucence and fluidity to these romantically charged works.

oil and alkyd gel medium on hardboard
122.0 x 123.0 cm board; 131.8 x 131.8 x 3.9 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r.corner, pencil "28 Aug 1964 Nolan -".

Sidney Nolan Deaccession Fund 2011
Accession number
© The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Art Library