Mother and child

Accession Number ART41059
Collection type Art
Measurement overall: 20.4 x 7 x 8.2 cm
Object type Sculpture
Physical description bronze cast Melbourne 1942; edition 1/9
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 2: Aus Threat
Maker Duldig, Karl
Artworks in Bronze, Melbourne
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


A sculpture of a woman with a child in her arms. Inspired by the love of his wife Slawa and young daughter Eva, Karl Duldig created this small scale sculpture. He was employed on kitchen duty whilst serving with the 8th Employment Company AIF in 1942 during the Second World War when he carved a number of small sculptures from potatoes, including this work. Duldig gave some of these carvings to officers as gifts. Three of these, however, including 'Mother and Child' remained in his possession in their plaster state until they were cast in bronze in 1992. Duldig and his family were deported to Australia in 1940 and interned at Tatura in Victoria, after fleeing Austria in 1938 and emigrating to Singapore, via Switzerland in 1939. Karl (Karol) Duldig (1902-1986) was born in Poland and became a well known sculptor in Australia.