(Australia, England, Australia 08 Apr 1867 – 01 Sep 1943)
- Other titles:
- Re-capture of Villers-Bretonneux, 24th and 25th April, 1918, Villers Bretonneux on 25 April 1918
- 19th c Australian art
- Further information
The Somme Valley that Arthur Streeton toured in 1918 was still raw with the wounds of major battles. One of the places he visited was the town of Villers-Bretonneux, which on 25 April (Anzac Day) 1918 had been recaptured by Australian soldiers at the cost of over 1200 lives.
In 'Villers-Bretonneux', Streeton portrays an eerily quiet moment on the Western Front. It is a broad vista marked by conflict: the earth rent apart by artillery explosions, rows of trenches scored into the countryside and clouds of smoke billowing across the sky. In the distance, figures can be seen bearing stretchers.
- Place of origin
- oil on canvas on paperboard
- 63.5 x 100.9 cm board; 101.0 x 140.0 cm frame
0 - Whole, 61.4 x 99.5 cm, SIGHT DIMENSION
- Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, black oil "A STREETON/ 1918".
- Purchased 1920
- Accession number