The Estancia

Accession Number ART93168
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 65.6 x 76.2 cm; unframed: 46.5 x 57.5 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on board
Place made France
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


The work depicts two soldiers of the 60th Battalion (indicated by the colour patches on the soldiers uniforms) resting outside what appears to be a farmhouse stable/barn. Talking to them is a woman in traditional Belgian/French peasant dress wearing sabots. Estancia in Spanish has two meanings, 'stay' in Spanish and 'ranch' in Latin American. The title could be referring to the soldiers lodging at the woman's farm. The work has a delicacy and muted tones that convey a quiet admiration by Leist for the Australian soldiers and the Belgian and French people struggling heroically through the harsh experiences of the Western Front.