To commemorate Anzac Day, we explore the powerful art of Arthur Streeton at the National Gallery of Australia.

23 April 2018

The Arthur Streeton: The Art of War exhibition is a poignant reflection of Streeton’s experience during the First World War.

One of Australia’s most influential landscape painters, Streeton’s work marks a distinctive point in time when the Australian army was fighting in France.

This selection reflects his time serving at the Western Front and working with the Royal Army Medical Corps caring for injured soldiers at the Third London General Hospital in 1918.

Streeton uses his work to convey how technology changed the meaning of war forever. His paintings show the damage caused in one fatal hit by tanks, aeroplanes, guns and explosives.

Curator of the collection Dr Anna Gray tells us about the importance of Streeton’s art and the way it captured the reality of the experience of war.

Watch the video and explore Streeton’s moving artwork:

 

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