Not titled [Study of seated soldier]
Image copyright: © Australian War Memorial licensed copyright,
|Title||Not titled [Study of seated soldier]|
|Medium||pen and black ink on paper|
|Measurement||sheet: 26.8 x 21 cm; image: 12.3 x 10.4 cm (irregular)|
Illustration for the wartime publication 'The Australian Soldier - A Portrait'. Depicts rear view of seated soldier wearing a steel helmet.
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 seated soldier], the soldier is depicted from behind gazing off into the distance. While the object of his gaze remains a mystery, the heavy etching capturing the figure in shadow evokes a sense of vague unease within the composition.Hide