Australian and Greek soldier
Image copyright: © Australian War Memorial licensed copyright,
|Title||Australian and Greek soldier|
|Medium||pen and black ink on paper|
|Measurement||sheet: 23.4 x 20.2 cm; image: 19.6 x 12 cm (irregular)|
Illustration for the wartime publication 'The Australian Soldier - A Portrait'. Depicts two Allied soldiers leaning in toward one another. The Australian soldier is smoking and is offering a cigarette to the Greek soldier.
Drysdale seldom used any violent physical action to describe the experience of the Sixth Division. In 'Australian and Greek soldier' he focuses on casual yet familiar interaction of two soldiers sharing a cigarette. Applying loose line work to evoke a sense of weight and volume of the men, he captures their essence in just a few gestural strokes. Trained as a modernist painter under George Bell, he was taught the importance of studying his subjects until he could reduce them to their simplest form and draw them from memory.Hide