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Sidney Nolan / Sidney Nolan (1917-1992) Woman on Beach, St Kilda, 1940

Lot 20
Sidney Nolan
Woman on Beach, St Kilda, 1940
23 August 2022, 18:00 AEST

AU$15,000 - AU$20,000

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Sidney Nolan (1917-1992)

Woman on Beach, St Kilda, 1940
dated lower right: '1940'
oil on canvas on board
30.0 x 38.5cm (11 13/16 x 15 3/16in).


Sir Sidney Nolan, United Kingdom, until 1992
Lady Nolan, United Kingdom, until 2016
The Estate of Lady Nolan, United Kingdom

Nolan, Hatton Gallery, University of Durham, Newcastle upon Tyne; Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield; Temple Newsam House, Leeds; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; City Art Gallery, Bristol; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Scottish Royal Academy, Edinburgh; City Art Gallery, Wakefield, March – November 1961, cat. 8, as Woman on beach

Abstract, c.1938
oil and mixed media on board
inscribed: 'Newcastle'
30.0 x 38.5cm

Nolan recalled later that the tent motif, derived from a poem by William Blake, was in his mind associated with memories of St Kilda and the thrilling mystery of what was happening behind the canvas in the Luna Park sideshows1. Woman on beach, St Kilda shows a woman dressed in red emerging from a moonlit tent pitched beneath the tracks of the Big Dipper.

1 Barry Pearce, 'Nolan's Parallel Universe', in Barry Pearce, ed., Sidney Nolan 1917-1992, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2007, p. 27

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