Couple at Wail, Wimmera c.1943 enamel on canvas 53.0 x 31.0cm (20 7/8 x 12 3/16in).
Despite his dislike of military service, Nolan's years in the Wimmera were filled by an intensity of artistic discovery. His description of a settlement near his billet at Dimboola expresses this excitement: "a place with a lovely name. Wail. A little town with four houses or so and a cream and red church....The line of the desert was a dark blue..." Sidney Nolan to Sunday Reed, 24 May 1942, quoted in Nancy Underhill, ed., Nolan on Nolan, Viking Penguin, Melbourne, 2007, p. 112.