A soldier on leave; verso: Unemployed marches

Accession Number ART93998
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 69.4 x 59 cm; unframed: 55.6 x 45.4 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on composition board
Maker Counihan, Noel
Place made Australia: Victoria
Date made 1943-44
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Depicts a returned soldier with his family. He holds a baby in his arms and is accompanied by another child and his wife. There are buildings in the background. Verso: a three-quarter portrait of a male and female walking in the street, both wearing overcoats and the man wears a hat.

Counihan became a member of the Communist Party of Australia in 1931. He was a staunchly political artist and was one of the founding members of the Melbourne based Contemporary Art Society. From 1934 he worked as a cartoonist for various publications, including the 'Bulletin' and the 'Guardian' (Melbourne). Throughout his life Counihan was concerned with representing and challenging social, political and material injustice. Counihan was actively involved in the peace movement and campaigned against the Cold War and the threat of nuclear holocaust.

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