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Sidney Nolan / Sidney Nolan (1917-1992) Octopus with Silken Stare, c.1942

Lot 36
Sidney Nolan
Octopus with Silken Stare!, c.1942
23 August 2022, 18:00 AEST

AU$2,000 - AU$3,000

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Sidney Nolan (1917-1992)

Octopus with Silken Stare!, c.1942
titled lower right: 'Octopus with silken stare!'
ink on paper
20.0 x 14.5cm (7 7/8 x 5 11/16in).


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

Macassar Sea, 1942, ink on paper, 18.4 x 24.0cm, illustrated in Richard Haese, Sidney Nolan: The City and the Plain, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1983 p. 25

The title is taken from a line in Les Chants de Maldoror by the Comte de Lautréamont (nom de plume of Isidore Lucien Ducasse, 1846-1870) whose prose-poems heavily influenced many European artists of the 1930s including Salvador Dali and other Surrealists.

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