ID number ART23218
Title From my window at Lae
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Friend, Donald (Artist)
Place made New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Morobe Province, Lae
Date made 1945
Medium pen and ink with wash on paper
Measurement Overall: 37.8 x 41 cm


View from the artist's window of a native village in Lae, New Guinea. Donald Friend was in Lae the last week of May 1945. Of Lae he wrote in his Diary 24 May 1945; ' From the air it looked romantic, tropical, enchanted. Like Africa. From the ground it looked merely tropical. Steaming hot...everything everywhere seemed to be profusely sprouting and budding and putting forth a peculiarly poisonous rich green. The landscape was untrammeled Gauguin designed without the artistic selection of the Master's hand, lush and poisonous. Lae itself is pretty extensive- practically a city. I was deposited in a hut- a comfortless dump, with some other damp and disgruntled officers...I'm not madly infatuated with Lae. It's disturbing, everything everywhere busily, hysterically sprouting and burgeoning the rankest green.'