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    Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly, 1946, enamel on composition board, – Gift of Sunday Reed 1977. (Click on image to enlarge).

    Sidney Nolan, Death of Sergeant Kennedy at Stringybark Creek, 1946, enamel on composition board, Purchased 1972. (Click on image to enlarge).

    The iconic Ned Kelly series by Sidney Nolan is to be exhibited at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) from next November 2 to January 27, 2013. Set in the Australian landscape the series takes the form of stylised depictions of the exploits of the notorious bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang in the Australian outback. Painted in 1946-47 the works represents a breakthrough for Sidney Nolan and a defining moment in Modernism and Australian art history. Originally at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, where Nolan painted 26 of the 27 works in the series at the home of his friends John and Sunday Reed, they were gifted to the National Gallery of Australia in 1977. No less than 26 works are on loan from the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
    The artist and the outlaw have strong Irish connections. Sidney Nolan (1917-1992) had a close attachment to the land of his ancestors. He left a permanent legacy when he donated paintings from his Wild Geese series to IMMA at its founding in 1991. The series highlights deep historical and cultural links between the two countries.

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