61 works currently on loan from the Estate of Lady Nolan, have never before been exhibited in Australia as a single body of work, making Sidney Nolan: The Greek Series a truly unique exhibition.
SIDNEY NOLAN: THE GREEK SERIES
Sidney Nolan: The Greek Series is a tribute to one of Australia’s most beloved artists on the centenary of his birth, and is made possible with the generous support of the Sidney Nolan Trust.
The exhibition reveals Sidney Nolan’s fascination with Greek history, mythology and culture, and is an intimate insight into an important transitional period of one of Australia’s leading Modern artists.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
In November 1955, two years after leaving Sydney, and hungry for inspiration after finishing the two iconic series, Ned Kelly and Burke and Wills, Sidney Nolan and his wife, writer Cynthia Reed, travelled from London to the Greek island of Hydra. Immersing himself in the timeless beauty of the Greek landscape and culture, Nolan started a new series of works exploring both the contemporary and mythological world.
Staying with Australian friends, authors George Johnston and Charmian Clift, who were at the centre of a creative expatriate circle living on the island, Nolan had intended a brief visit before beginning a scholarship in Rome, however remained in Hydra until the following May.