One of Australia’s most prolific 20th century artists, Sidney Nolan remains one of our best known, most revered and loved. Perhaps also one of our greatest exports, living at “The Rodd” in Wales until his passing in 1992.
With the passing of his widow, Lady Mary Nolan, in April 2016, another major offering of Nolan’s work, in fact 118 from Lady Nolan’s estate, are to be sold on 19th November with Bonhams at the NCJWA Hall in Woollahra / Sydney.
This sale of impeccable provenance perhaps offers the last chance to obtain a painting with such direct link to Sidney Nolan himself.
Appetite for his art seems to continue unabated. Lately, there have been some monumental prices paid, in particular for Ned Kelly paintings, undoubtedly his most saleable and popular images with collectors, such is the fascination Australians have with this legendary bushranger.
Although this catalogue offers great opportunities to “pick up a Nolan Kelly”, with many and varied “Kellys” from different periods, there is also a host of examples from other well-known series, including Gallipoli, Antarctica, Africa, Leda and the Swan and also portraits, landscapes, florals and bird life. Something for everyone then perhaps.
Ever the great experimenter, there are also some wonderful examples of Nolan’s later spray enamel paintings. Below are my picks of the bunch, aka Dave’s Faves.
Viewing in Sydney is from 17 to 19 November at the NCJWA Hall, 111 Queen Street, Woollahra.
You can also peruse online at the Bonhams website.
The auction of the works from the Nolan estate is held after the sale of the 72 lots of Australian and Aboriginal art (including works form the Estate of Mary Macha AM) on Sunday, 19 November 2017, starting at 4 pm at the NCJWA Hall, 111 Queen Street, Woollahra.
Dave’s Faves from the collection of works from the estate of Lady Nolan are: