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The Home Front


Darian-Smith, Kate, The Home Front, Follow the Flag: Australian Artists at War 1914-45, National Gallery of Victoria, K Grant and S Van Wyk (ed), Melbourne, Australia, pp. 102-105. ISBN 9780724104055 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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When Great Britain marched into the First World War in August 1914, Australians responded with wild enthusiasm and waved the flags of Empire. While the war was fought far away, the disastrous Gallipoli campaign, the long misery of the Western Front and the bitter debate about conscription reverberated throughout Australian society for decades. On the home front, artist Grace Cossington Smith, ensconced with her family in the northern Sydney suburb of Turramurra, captured a moment of quiet domesticity amid the wartime turmoil with The sock knitter, 1915 (p. 11), a Post-impressionist portrait of her sister, Madge. Another work, the jaunty Reinforcements: troops 111archin9, c.1917 (p. 4), depicts the send-off to volunteers in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), although a crying child in the foreground unsettles the celebratory mood.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:war, Australia, history, First World War. art, painting
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, Kate (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:123400
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-01-04
Last Modified:2018-08-09

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