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Title

Villers-Bretonneux

1918


Artist

Arthur Streeton

England, Australia

08 Apr 1867 - 01 Sep 1943


About

The Somme Valley that Arthur Streeton toured in 1918 was still raw with the wounds of major battles. One of the places he visited was the town of Villers-Bretonneux, which on 25 April (Anzac Day) 1918 had been recaptured by Australian soldiers at the cost of over 1200 lives.

In 'Villers-Bretonneux', Streeton portrays an eerily quiet moment on the Western Front. It is a broad vista marked by conflict: the earth rent apart by artillery explosions, rows of trenches scored into the countryside and clouds of smoke billowing across the sky. In the distance, figures can be seen bearing stretchers.


Details


Other Titles

Re-capture of Villers-Bretonneux, 24th and 25th April, 1918

Villers Bretonneux on 25 April 1918


Place where the work was made

London England


Date

1918


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas, later mounted onto hardboard


Dimensions

63.5 x 100.9 cm board; 101.0 x 140.0 cm frame :

0 - Whole, 61.4 x 99.5 cm, SIGHT DIMENSION


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, black oil "A STREETON/ 1918".


Credit

Purchased 1920


Location

Not on display


Accession number

538


Artist information

Arthur Streeton

Artist profile

Works in the collection

52


Place

Where the work was made
London

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 8 publications

Bibliography


Robert Croll (Editor), Smike to bulldog: letters from Sir Arthur Streeton to Tom Roberts, Sydney, 1946, 57 (illus.), 98. plate 15

Ann Galbally, Arthur Streeton, Melbourne, 1971, 110.

Ann Galbally, Arthur Streeton, Melbourne, 1969, 66, 84. cat.no. 174

Lionel Lindsay, Streeton memorial exhibition souvenir catalogue, Sydney, 1945. cat.no. 41

Bertram Stevens, Art in Australia [vol. 1, no. 7], 'Streeton's later work', pg. 10-13, Sydney, 1919, 10, 11 (colour illus.), 12.

Arthur Streeton, The Arthur Streeton catalogue, Melbourne, 1935, 128. cat.no. 579

Gerard Vaughan, Anne Gray, Emma Kindred, Mark Whitmore, Anthea Gunn, Emily Wubben and Bridie McGillicudy, Arthur Streeton: the art of war, Canberra, 2017-2018, 47 (colour illus.), 50, 51, 53, 158 (colour illus.), 159, 183. cat.no. 41

Andrew Yip, Look, 'Faraway, so close', Sydney, Mar 2018-Apr 2018, 52-53 (colour illus.).