[Head of a Gallipoli soldier]
|Title||[Head of a Gallipoli soldier]|
|Place made||United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London|
|Date made||c 1961|
|Medium||textile dye on coated paper|
|Measurement||overall: 63.6 x 52.2 cm|
Head of a Gallipoli soldier in green, wearing a hat. This portrait very much relates to Nolan's idea of Australian bush mythology and could easily fit in with the Burke and Wills series. Nolan was very interested in Australian archetypes and faces and he wanted to show that these bushmen and city lads had been isolated at Gallipoli with all their exuberance, youth and innocence, to be confronted with the horrors of war. It relates to Nolan's concept of the hero as part of the Australian and ancient Greek ideal.