'A new generation of art lovers should see the genius of Sidney Nolan'

By Mark Brown, Arts correspondent

Trust hopes that centenary of once-famous painter, now largely forgotten in the UK, will revive his reputation

There was a time when Sidney Nolan was one of the best-known artists in the world, yet mention his name in the UK today and there might be a vague flicker of recognition. But more likely a shrug of the shoulders.

“It is really hard to imagine just how famous Sidney Nolan was,” said former journalist David Lipsey, now a Labour peer. “He was a man absolutely at the forefront of art and painting. And yet I meet people now, people who have gone to art college for God's sake, who haven't heard of him. I say I'm the chair of the Sidney Nolan Trust and they look at you … ”

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