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At the start of the march 1932



Noel Counihan


04 Oct 1913 - 05 Jul 1986




Media category


Materials used

oil on hardboard


66.9 x 59.2 cm board; 88.5 x 80.6 x 4.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, red/orange oil "Counihan 44".


Purchased 1944

Accession number


Artist information

Noel Counihan

Works in the collection


Shown in 10 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 32 publications


Mark Anderson and Paul Ashton, Australian history and citizenship, 'Australia between the wars', pg. 104-147, South Yarra, 2000, 117 (colour illus.). source 3.17; NSW Secondary School History syllabus

Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence (Producer), History of emotions: Annual report 2016, 2016, cover (colour illus.).

Professor Joseph Burke, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Art in Australia', pg. 10, Sydney, 04 Feb 1954, 10.

Michael Cannon, The human face of the Great Depression, 'How to manufacture Communists', pg. 171-182, Mornington, 1997, front cover (colour illus.), 182, back cover.

Noel Counihan, Noel Counihan: paintings drawings prints 1943 to 1973, Melbourne, 1973, 7, 10 (illus.). 1

Max Dimmack, Noel Counihan, Melbourne, 1974, 74 (illus.).

Mary Eagle, Australian Modern Painting Between the Wars 1914-1939, 'The Depression', pg. 126-137, Sydney, 1989, 137.

Brian Finemore, Painting, 'Introduction', pg. 4-5, London, 1961, 5, 28 (illus.).

Sasha Grishin, Australian art: a history, 'The Great Depression and the war', pg. 274-285, Carlton, 2013, 274 (colour illus, detail), 280 (colour illus.), 550, 558. plate no. 28.4

Richard Haese, Modern Australian Art, 'Communism and culture, left-wing art in Melbourne and Sydney, 1942-46', chapter 6, New York, 1982, 166 (colour illus.), 167.

Helen Hughs, Achieving Full Employment, South Yarra, 1994, cover (illus.).

Tony Lenten, City art, 'Poverty and the city', Victoria, 1978, 21 (illus.), 101 (colour illus.).

Ewen McDonald, AGNSW Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 56, 57 (colour illus.).

John McDonald, Federation: Australian art and society 1901-2001, Canberra, 2000, 116 (colour illus.), 256.

Janet McKenzie, Noel Counihan, Kenthurst, 1986, 11-12, 14 (colour illus.).

Joanna Mendelssohn., The Bulletin with Newsweek, 'Work as art', Sydney, 09 Jul 1991, page unknown. Review of the exhibition 'Noel Counihan: Images of Working Life 1933-1986' touring 1991-1992.

Charles Merewether, Art and social commitment: an end to the city of dreams 1931-1948, Sydney, 1984, 34, 45, 91, 153 (illus.). 78

Hal Missingham, Contemporary Australian painting from the National Collection, Sydney, circa 1946, 12. 24; titled 'The start of the march'

Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pg. 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 24.

Barry Pearce, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Australian Art', pg. 5-26, Sydney, 1981, 6.

Colin Simpson., Sun, 'Art's Angry Penguins on show', Sydney, 02 Jul 1944, unknown. Review of CAS exhibition.

John Slater, Through artists' eyes: Australian suburbs and their cities 1919-1945, 'The end of certainty: victims and poverty', pg. 137-156, Melbourne, 2004, xiii, 137, 139 (colour illus.), 140, 153. 117

Bernard Smith, Noel Counihan: Images of working life, 'Noel Counihan and the painting of manual labour', pg. 7-15, Broken Hill, 1991, 9, 10 (colour illus.), 46. 6

Bernard William Smith, Noel Counihan: Artist and revolutionary, Melbourne, 1993, 187-88, 504-05.

William Splatt and Barbara Burton, 100 masterpieces of Australian painting, Adelaide, 1973, 140, 141 (colour illus.). plate no. 67

Laurence Thomas., Contemporary Australian painters, 'Foreword', Ottawa, 1957, (illus.). 16; 7

Laurie Thomas (Editor), Jubilee exhibition of Australian art, Sydney, 1951, 43. 125

Sydney Ure Smith (Editor), Present day art in Australia, Sydney, 1949, 59 (illus.).

Donald Williams, In our own image: the story of Australian art, Sydney, 2002, 124 (colour illus.).

Natalie Wilson, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Out of Melbourne: realisms and mythologies', pg. 163-164, Sydney, 2000, 164, 170 (colour illus.), 300.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Contemporary artists "insulted"', Sydney, 29 Jun 1944, 4. Review of CAS exhibition.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Bulletin, Sydney, 12 Jul 1944. Review of Sixth Annual CAS exhibition.