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Young Trobriand Islanders by Ellis Luciano Silas (1885-1972)

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Young Trobriand Islanders a watercolour painting by Ellis Luciano Silas (1885-1972) painted in 1923. It's vibrant colours and the freedom experienced by the subjects, a far-cry from the horrors of war experienced by the artist during the preceding years.

Ellis Silas was one of the few artists to witness and record first hand the horrors of the 1914 Gallipoli Campaign, serving as a private signaller with the 16th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. Having served with distinction he was eventually evacuated with shell shock.

After returning to Australia he went to live in the Trobriand Islands (part of Papua, New Guinea), seen as an antidote to his horrific experiences in the Dardanelles. This is one of the may oils, watercolours and drawings he made in his 3-year sojourn. His book, "A Primitive Arcadia", published in 1926, was based on his experience.

Australia, circa 1923 (Provenance Ethel Silas, 1977)

H: 34cm (44cm framed)

W: 23cm (34.5cm framed)

Ref: DB149

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