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Sidney Nolan is considered among Australia’s greatest artists. His legacy is entwined with myth - Ned Kelly haunting the Australian outback, Gallipoli, Burke and Wills - all told in inventive ways.
This work features his most iconic subject, Ned Kelly. When he first studied Kelly, Nolan read everything there was to read about him. He saw a tragic figure — a doomed outsider, mythologised in the Australian imagination and a surrogate for the artist’s own feelings. Kelly would haunt Nolan for the rest of his life; “Kelly is the millstone around my neck”, he once recounted.
Nolan is represented in every state gallery and internationally at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and London’s Tate. Nolan’s Ned Kelly changed the course of Australian art history. Abstracted, enigmatic and iconic, it is a must for any collector serious about Australian art. Sidney NOLAN (1917 - 1992)'Kelly Bulldogging' 1955Mixed media on paperImage Size: 25 x 30 cm Dimensions: 25 x 30 cm Signed: Signed, dated and inscribed verso: Kelly / Bulldogging / Nolan / 3 / 1 / 55Comes with Letter of Provenance© Sidney Nolan / Copyright Agency 2023
Related Works: Related Kelly series works from 1953-55 are illustrated in Colin MacInnes, Sidney Nolan, Thames and Hudson, London, 1961, pls. 57-58, 63, 67-69Condition: Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image As New, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.
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