Japanese Prisoners

Collection ID ART23251
Collection type Art
Title Japanese Prisoners
Measurement Overall: 31.2 x 43.1 cm
Object type Drawing
Maker Friend, Donald
Date made 1945
Copyright Copyright expired - public domain

Depicts three unidentified Japanese prisoners. 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.

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