Arthur Streeton: The art of war
NGA Exhibition until 29 April 2017 – free entry
A recommended exhibition – a survey of Streeton’s WWI paintings – with some very beautiful watercolours amongst them. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue – research by the former NGA curator Anna Gray.
From the NGA’s own site:
Bringing together key works from collections around Australia and overseas, an important survey exhibition of Arthur Streeton’s war art will open at the NGA in December. Streeton’s contribution to the Australian war effort was significant. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps at the Third London General Hospital in Wandsworth from 1915 to 1917 before leaving for the Western Front as an official war artist in May 1918.
His wartime output includes images of war machinery stranded in the landscape and scenes of operations headquarters, dressing stations and field hospitals. Streeton visited regions in France where the Australian army had been successful against the enemy, including Poulainville, Péronne and Mont St Quentin, overlooking the Somme. The NGA has recently acquired a deftly painted watercolour of this strategically significant area, presented as a gift to Sir John Monash, one of the war’s outstanding commanders.
one of many reasons to visit Canberra during summer of 2017/2018