Beach at Morotai

Collection ID ART23221
Collection type Art
Title Beach at Morotai
Measurement Overall: 37.9 x 40.8 cm
Date made 1945
Place made Netherlands East Indies: Halmahera Island, Morotai Island
Object type Drawing
Maker Friend, Donald
Copyright Copyright expired - public domain

Depicts a group of unidentified Australian soldiers on beach using a civilian canoe, Halmacheras Islands, Netherlands, East Indies. In 1942, Donald Friend enlisting with the AIF, was posted as a gunner to the artillery unit near Albury. In 1945, Friend was selected for appointment as official war artist. He travelled to Morotai, Labuan and Balikpapan, recording sights which confronted him and drawing in particular on the expressive potential of human form. Friend was extraordinarily prolific, producing 53 paintings and 143 drawings for the Memorial. Friend arrived in Morotai on 27 May 1945 and noted 'Down to the sea in a jeep, and a bloody awful sweating struggle to get my gear aboard...I made some sketches'.

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