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Sunday, April 22, 1917. :   Australian artist Sidney Nolan is born.

     Sidney Nolan, who became one of Australia's best known painters of the twentieth century, was born in Melbourne on 22 April 1917. He was one of the leading figures of the "Heide Circle" of artists which also included Albert Tucker, Joy Hester and Arthur Boyd. He became close friends with arts patrons John and Sunday Reed, living with the Reeds at their home, "Heide", just outside Melbourne, which has since become the Heide Museum of Modern Art. Here, Nolan began painting his famous "Ned Kelly" series, a series of stylised depictions of bushranger Ned Kelly. Nolan is known for painting a wide range of personal interpretations of historical and legendary figues, including Burke and Wills, and Eliza Fraser. Nolan captured whole themes in much of his work, as seen in the series Gallipoli, The St Kilda period, Dimboola, Leda and the Swan and the Sonnets. Nolan died on 28 November 1992 in London, where he had lived since the 1950s.

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