An image of Boulogne

Arthur Streeton

(Australia, England, Australia 08 Apr 1867 – 01 Sep 1943)

Boulogne

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
London, England
Year
1918
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
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 -".
Credit
Gift of the artist 1926
Accession number
5841