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Sfumato nocturne with white wholes

oil on canvas
(a-c) 152.0 × 639.3 cm (overall)
Place/s of Execution
South Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Margaret Stewart Endowment, 1991
© The Artist
Gallery location
Gallery 18
Level 3, NGV Australia
Andrew Browne names the scale and aesthetics of cinema, including B-grade ‘shlock’ and science fiction films, as well as images drawn from television coverage of the first Gulf War as touchpoints for this nocturnal landscape painting. Abstracted light effects seen in two oval forms at the centre of the composition reference the after-burners of an accelerating aircraft, while other flares are suggestive of explosions or disorientating focal points. An interest in the experimental techniques and dreamlike imagery of Symbolist and Romantic painters, such as Gustave Moreau and John Martin, are equally important influences.