We who love: The Nolan slates - Art Collector

Sidney Nolan, (Lovers and flowers), 1942. Oil, enamel and ink on slate, 25.5 x 50.8cm. Collection of the University of Queensland. Purchased with the assistance of the Alumni Association and the Peter Stuyvesant Cultural Foundation 1997 © The University of Queensland. Courtesy: the artist and Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen

We who love: The Nolan slates is a window into the world of renowned Australian painter Sidney Nolan (1917–1992), reflecting a time of artistic experimentation and personal upheaval.

From December 1941 to June 1942 Nolan made around 32 paintings on roofing slates. They reveal his distinctive preference for non-art materials, his avant-garde aspirations and his literary interests. Through the paintings, Nolan recorded the end of his marriage, new relationships with patrons John and Sunday Reed, and fears arising from the war in the Pacific. Concerned that there might not be ‘many more tomorrows’, Nolan painted the slates as a remarkable, even desperate, avowal of emotional and creative freedom.


Exhibition opens: 3 September 2016
Exhibition closes: 2 April 2017
Location: Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen VIC 3105
Contact: 03 9850 1500
Email: info@heide.com.au

About Heide Museum of Modern Art

Heide Museum of Modern Art began life in 1934 as the home of Melbourne couple John and Sunday Reed and has since evolved into an Australian cultural institution.

Heide offers an inspiring experience of art, architecture, gardens & social history.

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