#NOLAN100 - NO.19
Angel and the Tree, 1941
Dr Nicky McWilliam
"Angel and the tree was one of the works in my mother, Eva Breuer’s private collection. Eva Breuer was an art dealer in Sydney and she specialised in artworks by significant Australian artists. Her gallery Eva Breuer Art Dealer was located on Moncur Street Woollahra, Sydney, Australia. Angel and the tree remains in the collection of Eva Breuer’s family.
Eva Breuer (d:2010) had a close relationship with Sid and Mary Nolan and with the extended Nolan family and the gallery maintained contact with Mary until she died. They shared a personal friendship as well as a close, strong and successful professional relationship. Eva curated and held many Nolan exhibitions at her gallery sold many Nolan works. Eva produced multiple colour catalogues of all the Nolan exhibitions she curated and held at her gallery. The Art Gallery of NSW holds the archives of the Eva Breuer Art Dealer gallery including all the important Sidney Nolan material generated by her at the gallery."
Nicky McWilliam is a mediator with Sydney Mediation Partnership, a mediation and dispute resolution practice in Sydney which she co-founded with her colleague Danielle Jaku-Greenfield. She has practised as a commercial lawyer in Sydney (with Allens) and in London working in the commercial and finance areas. Nicky has been a part-time academic in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney and is currently working with the UTS Brennan Program volunteers on a peer mediation pilot program in the correctional community.
Angel and the Tree was recently loaned for a curated exhibition in 2016 at University of Queensland entitled We who love: The Nolan slates. This exhibition is currently on view at Heide until 2 April 2017.
Sidney Nolan, Angel and the Tree, 1941, 59 x 45.5cm, Oil on muslin on board, © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust