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Australian artist

Colahan, Colin (1897-1987)

Portrait of Colin Colahan, official war artist; taken 1939; donated by the artist's family to the collection of the Australian War Memorial P00937.001

Colahan studied with Max Meldrum in Melbourne from 1916 to 1919, and later in London and Paris where he became well known as a figurative painter. In 1942 he was commissioned as an official war artist for three months to record the activities of the RAAF in Britain. He was re-appointed in 1944 to cover the events in Europe, working in a distinctive tonal impressionist style.

The artworks in this exhibition

Australian War Memorial Canadian War Museum Imperial War Museum