Shared Experience: Art and War
Hinder’s work evolved from his personal experience. While he was flying in a Lockheed Hudson during an aerial reconnaissance mission in order to advise on camouflaging an airstrip outside of Rabaul, the plane crashed and burst into flames. Hinder began with a series of preliminary drawings in 1942 that he later used to create the painting. The plane, the crew, and the billowing flames and smoke appear as semi-abstracted geometric forms.