An image of Desert landscape

Sidney Nolan

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

Desert landscape

Other titles:
Landscape, African landscape
Not on display
Further information

Winding, python-like river beds were shallow, dry ... lime-green areas, purple centred ... This was proper painter's country ... barren, patterned by zig-zagging straps, snakes wriggling off between different mountain ... Lake Rudolph became ineffably blue, breathlessly beautiful, as we approached over ground made up of every grey and brown hitherto unimagined. There were unsuspected varieties of pale orange, a new blue, strange whites. A volcano made a neat scoop beside pools, bays and spreading cut-off lagoons of verdigris and prune. Sidney was wrenched sideways, almost standing, concentrated, taut, his eyes like arrows shooting to nail this enchanted moment. Its communication, once crystallised, would be stored, held intact yet forgotten until unconsciously rather than by an act of will it would be called upon in some unpredictable future.

excerpt from Cynthia Nolan, 'One traveller's Africa', Methuen and Co., London, 1965

oil on hardboard
120.5 x 152.4 cm board; 143.5 x 174.5 x 6.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, beige oil "N [in reverse]". Not dated.
Signed and dated u.r. verso on board [upside down], red chalk "…/ 22 / 2 / 63/ Nolan".
Signed and dated c.l. verso on board [vertically], black pencil "22 / 2 / 63/ Nolan".

Purchased with grateful acknowledgement to Cynthia Nolan 2005
Accession number
© The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Art Library