[Head of a Gallipoli soldier]
ID numberART91445
Collection typeArt
Title[Head of a Gallipoli soldier]
Measurementoverall: 122.2 x 91.4 cm
Object typePainting
MakerNolan, Sidney
Place madeOttoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made1977
Physical descriptionalkyd on hardboard
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionHead of a Gallipoli soldier with white face wearing a slouch hat on green background. The bright colour of the background belie the portrait of the soldier. His face is pale and eyes hollow, he appears to be in a state of shell-shock. It is reminiscent of his 'Head of a soldier', 1942, in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, which represents Nolan's reaction to the Second World War as lunacy. When Nolan returned to the 'Gallipoli' series in 1977 the portrait types of soldiers had lost their spark of innocence and somehow felt tarnished. Time had caught up with their innocence and Australia's and disenchantment had set in. They appeared corrupted by what they had experienced and seen at Gallipoli.