An image of Untitled

Sidney Nolan

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

Untitled

Location
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.

Year
circa 1940
Media
Collage, Drawing
Medium
collage of wood-cut illustrations on book page
Dimensions
16.9 x 10.9 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 2003
Accession number
52.2003
Copyright
© The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Art Library