[Head of a Gallipoli soldier]

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Accession Number ART91362
Collection type Art
Measurement overall: 63.6 x 52.2 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description textile dye on coated paper
Maker Nolan, Sidney
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made c 1961
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Head of a Gallipoli soldier in green, wearing a hat. This portrait very much relates to Nolan's idea of Australian bush mythology and could easily fit in with the Burke and Wills series. Nolan was very interested in Australian archetypes and faces and he wanted to show that these bushmen and city lads had been isolated at Gallipoli with all their exuberance, youth and innocence, to be confronted with the horrors of war. It relates to Nolan's concept of the hero as part of the Australian and ancient Greek ideal.