Sidney Nolans 194647 paintings on the theme of the bushranger Ned Kelly are one of the greatest series of Australian paintings of the 20th century. Nolans Ned Kelly series is a distillation of a complex, layered story set in the Victorian landscape and centred around a 19th century bushranger and his gang who were on the run from the police.
Landscape is a key element in the paintingsas Nolan said, it began in the landscape and ended in the landscape. The series also depends upon a loosely-threaded but vital, dramatic human narrative that has its catalyst with ConstableFitzpatrick and Kate Kelly1946 in the domestic arena of the Kelly family home where a fracas occurs, and ends withThe trial1947, in a Melbourne courtroom where Ned Kelly is sentenced to death.
A National Gallery of Australia exhibition.
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The defence of Aaron Sherritt(detail) 1946
from the Ned Kelly series 19461947
enamel paint on composition board, 121.20 90.70cm
Gift of Sunday Reed 1977. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
National Gallery of Australia