Accession Number ART02928
Collection type Art
Measurement unframed: 30.4 x 40.6 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on artist board
Maker Leist, Fred
Place made Belgium, France
Date made c. 1917-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


A group of soldiers and an officer are depicted near a lit anti-aircraft searchlight on the Western Front. The powerful beam of the searchlight streaks diagonally across the picture plane, contrasting against the silent darkness of the night and the quietly expectant men nearby. Fred Leist was appointed an official war artist in September 1917, attached to the 5th Division AIF and worked twice in France between September to December 1917 and from June to August 1918.