Troops in back of truck, Libya

Place Africa: North Africa, Libya
Accession Number ART28479
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 100 x 116 cm; unframed: 76.5 x 92.2 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 1 - Mediterranean: Tobruk
Maker Hele, Ivor
Place made Australia: South Australia, Aldinga
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


This work captures on canvas the physical and mental exhaustion of troops who have coped with endless marching, dust storms and lack of sleep. The bodies and uniforms piled on top of one another tells much about the weariness of war. The pink and mauve hues adopted by Ivor Hele for his North Africa paintings are sensuous and warm but amid these desert colours some of the human forms appear deathly. Hele's painting explores the notions of sleep and death, as being almost one and the same for men who are past feeling, overcome by extreme fatigue that is beyond imagination.