The Sidney Nolan retrospective has moved on to Melbourne. I noticed a least one review in the Melbourne press that put forward the view that after the brilliant early works Nolan became a cynical painter. In my opinion this is just plain wrong. Time after time throughout his whole career Sidney Nolan produced paintings of stunning power. In common with many prolific artists Nolan produced his share of lesser works. But even when you compare these pieces to the work of his contemporaries you see what an extraordinary imagination he had as an artist.