Four seated soldiers
Image copyright: © Australian War Memorial licensed copyright,
|Title||Four seated soldiers|
|Medium||pen and black ink on paper|
|Measurement||sheet: 7.4 x 20.2 cm; image: 4.2 x 16.5 cm (irregular)|
Illustration for the wartime publication 'The Australian Soldier - A Portrait'. Depicts a row of four seated soldiers on the ground with one reclining on his elbow.
Drysdale seldom used any violent physical action to describe the experience of the Sixth Division. He instead drew moments of casual interaction between troops inspired by his experience of observing soldiers in Albury NSW. In 'Four seated soldiers' each soldier is depicted in isolation and scattered separately across the picture plane. It is only their loose grouping together that alludes to a sense of their communal existence, as comrades fighting a war together.