[Drowned Gallipoli soldier]

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Accession Number ART91277
Collection type Art
Measurement overall: 25.4 x 30.4 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description textile dye, wax on coated paper
Maker Nolan, Sidney
Place made United States of America: New York
Date made 1958
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Description

Figure of drowned Gallipoli soldier, body and head separated. The image of the drowned figure in the 'Gallipoli' series has two sources. It's initial reference is to that of the Anzac's who drowned on that first morning at Gallipoli as they landed on the beach. The submerged drowned figure and Nolan's use of red, blue and brown/green merging together suggests stagnant blood-stained water, a sight that would have confronted the surviving soldiers that day on the beach. The drowned lifeless floating figure also relates to the drowning in 1945 of Nolan's brother Raymond which he stated in an interview (13 April 1978).