The whaler breaks up

Place Asia: Netherlands East Indies, Timor Sea
Accession Number ART91502
Collection type Art
Measurement image: 115 x 153 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description synthetic polymer paint, pastel on paper
Maker Senbergs, Jan
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1998
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Jan Senbergs collaborated with Col Madigan, one of the Armidale survivors to create this work which forms part of a series of ten paintings depicting the sinking of HMAS Armidale on 1 December 1942. Twenty-seven men survived at sea on the ship's whaler before being rescued on the ninth day. The rescue ship tried to raise the whaler from the sea but it broke in two immediately after delivering the survivors to safety. Here the artist depicts the broken whaler in the final painting as a phoenix-like image rising from the sea.