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The stairway, Péronne



Arthur Streeton

England, Australia

08 Apr 1867 – 01 Sep 1943

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  • Details

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    Materials used
    watercolour, pencil on paper
    51.0 x 35.5 cm; 71.5 x 53.0 cm frame
    Gift of the artist 1926
    Not on display
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    Arthur Streeton

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  • About

    As the Allies closed in on victory in late 1918, Arthur Streeton requested and was granted a second deployment to the Western Front between mid October and late November 1918. While touring the partially destroyed town of Péronne, which had been captured by Australian battalions in September, Streeton produced a striking series of pencil and watercolour drawings. These rapidly executed works, which present abstracted views of buildings damaged by intense gunfire and shelling, are surprisingly modern in their simplicity and starkness.

    Streeton wrote to his wife Nora: 'I'm getting some watercolours of ruins, in some ways much more striking than the ones I did before - they are bolder & I think more decorative. Heavens how one realizes things here in these fresh ruins ... I'm getting good things'.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Gerard Vaughan, Anna Gray, Emma Kindred, Mark Whitmore, Anthea Gunn, Emily Wubben and Bridie McGillicudy, Arthur Streeton: the art of war, Canberra, 2017-2018, 38 (colour illus.), 61, 68, 69 (colour illus., detail), 136 (colour illus.), 137, 183. cat.no. 30

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