Sidney Nolan / Sidney Nolan (1917-1992) Landscape, 1942
AU$20,000 - AU$30,000
Sidney Nolan (1917-1992)
signed with initial, titled and dated lower right: 'LANDSCAPE / 29.8.42 N'
oil on plywood
47.5 x 47.5cm (18 11/16 x 18 11/16in).
Sir Sidney Nolan, United Kingdom, until 1992
Lady Nolan, United Kingdom, until 2016
The Estate of Lady Nolan, United Kingdom
House by the Sea, dated 26.8.42, oil on plywood, 43.0 x 43.0cm, illustrated in Nolan's Nolans: a reputation reassessed, Agnew's, London, 1997, cat. 7
Nolan was called up for military service in March 1942 and two months later arrived in the Wimmera district of Western Victoria to guard stores. For the first two months there he was constrained by time and lack of materials to making pastel or watercolour sketches. The present work, painted in August 1942 on a piece of plywood packing crate, is one of his first Wimmera paintings, a series described by Patrick McCaughey as, 'a turning point in the depiction of the Australian landscape.' In 1983 Nolan donated most of his Wimmera paintings to the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.