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Railway guard, Dimboola

enamel paint on canvas
77.0 × 64.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Dimboola, Victoria
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Sir Sidney and Lady Nolan, 1983
© Sidney Nolan Estate. All Rights Reserved 2011 / Bridgeman Art Library
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Gallery location
Gallery 7
Level 2, NGV Australia

Conscripted into the Army supply corps, Sidney Nolan was stationed in the Wimmera from 1942 to 1944.  He spent many hours on guard duty, drawing and meditating on the landscape, the small country towns dominated by towering wheat silos, their railway lifelines to the sea, the farm houses and the immense fertile wheat paddocks. Their apparent naivety and spontaneity is undermined by Nolan’s sophisticated sense of design and colour.  Railway guard, Dimboola 1943 is part of this series of paintings and drawings which are amongst the best and most intensely felt of all of Nolan’s art, and mark his first sustained engagement with the Australian landscape.