Japanese wreckage, Penfoei airstrip, Timor

Place Asia: Timor
Accession Number ART26972
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 51 x 39.6 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description gouache, pencil on paper
Maker Thake, Eric
Place made Timor
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Thake shows Japanese prisoners of war clearing up the wreckage of their own planes at the air strip in Penfoei, Timor. This work is typical of Eric Thake, whose paintings and drawings are finely crafted vignettes of the aftermath of war, bombed buildings, crashed planes and deserted camps. His carefully observed studies speak eloquently of the waste and futility of war. Unlike many war artists who felt frustrated when 'left behind', Thake relished the surreal stillness of the aircraft dumps and the abandoned runways, the destroyed towns and the return to peace.