Anzac soldiers

Place Europe: Italy
Accession Number ART92254
Collection type Art
Measurement each 164.5 cm high; other measurements various
Object type Sculpture
Physical description wood (lebanon cedar), synthetic polymer paint, pencil
Maker Dudley, Rod
Place made Italy
Date made 1982
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Depicts eight carved wooden figures of Anzac soldiers in uniform. The figures stand upon white crosses that contrast starkly with the richly textured carved wood with its burnt and rubbed-back finish. The ensemble resulted from a visit to to Melbourne, where Dudley visited a firend who was, at the time, working on the publication of Patsy Adam Smith's 'The Anzacs'. In the course of the meeting the proposition was put to Dudley that he should, as an Australian working overseas, attempt a truly Australian theme. On his return to Italy Dudley began some preliminary studies resulting in this piece.

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