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Title

The chocolate joint

(circa 1918)


Artist

Napier Waller

Australia

19 Jun 1893 - 30 Mar 1972


About

The peasant, especially the old men and women, cling to the desolated villages in Northern France, and eke out a precarious living by selling a few cheap cigarettes and chocolates to the soldiers, who are continually passing to and from the firing line. In this picture we see an 'Aussie', evidently disputing about the retail price of chocolates.
Mervyn Napier Waller, 1918

In 1918, following his return to Australia - and drawing with his left hand - Waller embarked on a series of large compositions taken directly from sketches he made on the battlefields. While the desolation of the ruined towns was often the subject of his drawings, Waller's humour and pathos emphasised the human and emotional side of military and civilian life during the conflict.


Details


Other Title

Chocolate joint, Albert


Date

(circa 1918)


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pen and black ink, wash, watercolour on paper


Dimensions

38.4 x 29.5 cm image/sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r.corner, pen and black ink "WNapier Waller...".


Credit

Purchased 1918


Accession number

4437


Artist information

Napier Waller

Works in the collection

14


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


The Chaplain, War sketches on the Somme Front, 'Ex-Bombardier Waller and his war pictures', pg. 32-39, Melbourne, 1918, 16, 17 (illus.), 34. titled 'A Chocolate Joint, Albert'