(Australia, England 22 Apr 1917 – 28 Nov 1992)
- Not on display
- Further information
Sidney Nolan created this collage using 19th-century wood-cut illustrations, changing its orientation and juxtaposing disparate images to defy any narrative interpretation. The stark tonal contrast of black and white lends emotive force and a surreal, dreamlike quality. Nolan’s unorthodox approach sought to disorient the senses in order to convey an intense emotional reality, inspired particularly by French poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854–91).
Fascinated by the multi-functional potential of collage, Nolan combined its sculptural capacity with the shapes and tones of his source materials to create an abstract composition. His patchwork quilt-like structure suggests movement or fracture and forces our perception to slip between surface
and illusory depth.
- Dec 1940
- collage of wood-cut illustrations on book page
- 18.8 x 12.4 cm sheet
- Signature & date
Signed and dated verso, pen and black ink "Dec. 1940. Nolan".
- Purchased 2003
- Accession number
- © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Art Library