DETAIL: Grace COSSINGTON SMITH,  'Interior in yellow', 1964, oil on composition board, National Gallery of Australia
Grace COSSINGTON SMITH | Reinforcements: troops marching

Australia 1892 – Australia 1984
UK, Europe 1912-14; UK, Italy 1949-51
Reinforcements: troops marching c.1917
oil on paper on hardboard
23.7 (h) x 21.5 (w) cm
framed 36.8 (h) x 34.7 (w) x 3.7 (d) cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales Purchased 1967
© Art Gallery New South Wales
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Reinforcements: Troops marching conveys a sense of ritual and occasion. It represents a farewell to the volunteers going off to fight in the First World War. Flags flutter above the buildings and women with their backs to us wave in support. A small child in the foreground breaks free from the crowd and cries in what could be seen as a symbolic loss of innocence. It is an early example of the artist’s work in which vibrant colour, rhythm and pattern are combined with emotive content.

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