Period: The war years

D-Day, 0300 hours, interrogation hutD-Day, 0300 hours, interrogation hut
painted in London, 1944–45
oil on canvas 63.5 x 83.8 cm
signed l.r., oil “STELLA BOWEN”, not dated
Australian War Memorial
acquired under official war art scheme, 1944
ART26266

Stella Bowen immediately picked up on the tension in the air at Binbrook as the men went about their duties, a feeling made more acute by the howling winds sweeping over this Lincolnshire outpost.

In this work, the fixed unseeing gazes of the man and woman in the foreground, quietly pre-occupied as they wait for the planes and men to return, stand in contrast to the warmth of the light and the small comforts of company, food and cigarettes.