Following on from Friday's piece, Australian writer Suzanne Falkiner provides the second instalment of her #nolan100contribution... Part Two: 'Landscape No 27 (Convalescence)' "Nolan’s collaboration with Randolph Stow to provide images for the poet’s collection Outrider (1962) was close, but indirect. ‘I don’t remember that we ever talked in detail about particular poems or paintings, but we talked a lot in general. We were pretty much on the same wave-length in those days, and started ideas in each other. He called it “cross-fertilization”,’ Stow wrote in 1981. Nevertheless, as Nolan chose the individual poems to which each picture would be linked, he might have gleaned something of their painful inception. After a desolate period in the late 1950s that brought him close to death, Stow had written no new poems in four years, until the stimulation of working with Nolan reignited his creative fire. One of these new poems Nolan illustrated was ‘Landscapes’... The image, apparently derived from one of Nolan’s aerial photographs taken in central Australia in 1949, shows an unending, empty landscape with a fading horizon and yet a tantalising promise of green." To read Part Two of Suzanne's contribution in full, follow the link in our Bio.
Image: Sidney Nolan, 'Landscape No 27 (Convalescence)' (1962), Synthetic polymer paint on paper, 30.5 x 25.5 cm.
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