ART26514

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ID number ART26514
Title Men of F and H Force on return to Changi
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Artist Griffin, Murray
Place made Singapore: Changi
Date made c 1943
Medium pencil on paper
Measurement Overall: 46.8 x 36.4 cm

Description

A group of figure studies of emaciated men and their limbs and torsos. The figures are of men returned from the Burma-Thailand railway. This is one of a small collection of works on paper by Murray Griffin, a captured official war artist, done in Changi. Over the three years, Griffin's work changes from an optimistic record of camp life, to detached evidence of atrocities and death. The selection also introduces major themes for this section - camp life, making do, the brutality of forced labour.