Ned Kelly Series set to tour the nation

Posted 20 February 2019

Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly Series

National Gallery of Australia is set to tour Nation-wide, the collection of Sidney Nolan’s “Ned Kelly” for the first time in 15 years.  The national tour gives Australians across the country the chance to experience some of the most famous and poignant masterpieces of 20th-century Australian art and The Geelong is the exclusive Victorian venue.


Sunday 2 March 2019 to 26 May 2019

Sidney Nolan The trial 1947 from the Ned Kelly series 1946–47 enamel paint on composition board National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Sunday Reed 1977

From 1946–47, Nolan developed an original and starkly simplified image of Ned Kelly, which quickly became a national symbol—part of the shared iconography of Australia. Together, these 26 paintings provide a masterclass on Australian art history and the development of a new figuration and landscape painting in Australian art.

The series weaves biography and autobiography together, but viewers can only guess at the details of the autobiographical dimension. The narrative is strongly present, beginning with a scene–setting painting which shows an empty landscape lit by an eerie light from the horizon. The paintings take the viewer through the main events of the story of Ned Kelly and his gang – the shooting of police constables at Stringybark Creek, the ensuing police chase, the activities of the police spy Aaron Sherrit, the siege of the hotel at Glenrowan and the trial which ended in a sentence of hanging for Ned Kelly.

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