Not titled [Study of three seated soldiers]
Image copyright: © Australian War Memorial licensed copyright,
|Title||Not titled [Study of three seated soldiers]|
|Medium||pen and black ink on paper|
|Measurement||sheet: 21 x 23.4 cm; image: 11 x 23 cm (irregular)|
Illustration for the wartime publication 'The Australian Soldier - A Portrait'. Depicts three seated soldiers from behind, looking out towards the horizon.
Drysdale's portraits of Australian servicemen were limited to his vicarious observations. Completely blind in his left eye, he had been deemed unfit for the military service at the outbreak of the war. Still, with a strong sense empathy towards the plight of his fellow countrymen, he explored their experiences from within his artwork. In Not titled [Study of three seated soldiers], the soldiers are depicted from behind, as they gaze off into the distance. Leaving the object of their gaze a mystery, the ominous spiral of black smoke creates a sense foreboding and trepidation within the composition.Hide