Ned Kelly, 1946
Since this series was painted, this rendering has become synonymous with Ned Kelly, the 19th-century bushranger.
There is a sense of irrationality in this image of the helmet without a human head. Yet it is so potent, one hardly notices.
In this image, Nolan brings together the two key aspects of the series: Kelly as dramatic personae on the run from the police and the ambient landscape as a vital participant.
Nolan said of this painting: ‘This is Kelly the defiant. I put Kelly on top of the horse in a particularly orderly manner. I wanted an air of perfect authority.’
Photograph: Sidney Nolan