Shared Experience: Art and War
Moresby picture show
Donald Duck’s quizzical expression establishes an interesting dialogue between the watchers and the watched. In the darkness the soldiers wearing their wet-weather gear appear transfixed by the colourful screen. Bush has chosen to capture the lighter side of service life. The day-to-day realities for a soldier in New Guinea were largely routine and boring. Distractions were necessary. This painting of servicemen watching Donald Duck at a picture show captures the lure of one of America’s most popular cultural icons.