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Flight from reason

Stella Bowen (1893-1947)
Flight from reason, Stella Bowen, Australian War Memorial, ART91654

Even before her appointment as an official war artist, Bowen was interested in painting the devastation wrought on London by the German bombing raids. Her personal preoccupation with home as a sanctuary drew her to sights of destruction. In 1941 London was bombed extensively and the ruins in Flight from reason were located opposite the Inner Temple Church. The two sculptural forms depict John Hiccocks (reclining) and Samuel Mead (in relief).

Oil on cardboard 65.4 x 54.7 cm
Painted in London, 1941
Acquired in 2002
Australian War Memorial

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