Australia, England, Australia
08 Apr 1867 - 01 Sep 1943
Arthur Streeton was appointed an official war artist by the Commonwealth Government of Australia in May 1918. He arrived in France shortly after his appointment and was sent to a training school at Boulogne where he was taught how to use a gas mask.
Streeton was employed to produce at least 25 drawings and watercolours, and one large painting of a battle scene or other Australian Imperial Force involvement. In just over six months he was prolific, producing numerous drawings and watercolour studies on site, and completed works in his studio in London.
This picture depicts troops marching in the centre of Boulogne. Although many of Streeton’s war paintings concentrated on the landscape, this picture represents the machinery of war, both human and mechanical.
oil on canvas
91.8 x 153.0 cm board; 133.7 x 196.1 x 12.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown oil "A STREETON/ 1918 -".
Gift of the artist 1926
Where the work was made
Referenced in 12 publications
Robert Hughes, The art of Australia, 'The Heidelberg school 1885-96', pg. 53-73, Melbourne, 1970, 65.
Lionel Lindsay, Streeton memorial exhibition souvenir catalogue, Sydney, 1945. cat.no. 34
Lionel Lindsay, Arthur Streeton memorial exhibition, Adelaide, 1944. cat.no. 6
John Olsen, Art and Australia [series 3, vol. 1, no. 3], 'Sir Arthur Streeton', pg. 161-165, Sydney, Nov 1963, 164 (illus.), 165.
Arthur Streeton, The Arthur Streeton catalogue, Melbourne, 1935, 132. cat.no. 117
Sydney Ure Smith and Charles Lloyd Jones (Editors), The art of Arthur Streeton, Sydney, 1919, illus.. plate no. LVI
The story of Australian art from the earliest known art of the continent to the art of today (Vol. 2), 'War', pg. 45-70, Sydney, 1934, 69.
Author Unknown, Catalogue of the final exhibition of Arthur Streeton's pictures, Sydney, 1920. cat.no. 35
Argus, Melbourne, 14 Jul 1926, 17.
Age, Melbourne, 14 Jul 1926, 13.
Herald, Melbourne, 14 Jul 1926, 8.
Arthur Streeton, 1867-1943, ''The centre of the Empire' Overseas 1897-1920', pg. 131-160, South Yarra, 1995, 156, 157 (colour illus.). cat.no. 67