Mitty Lee Brown
The night train
San Fransico born Mitty Lee Brown came to Australia as a
child. Influenced by the works of William Dobell and the
English sculpter Henry Moore, Brown painted The night
train while still a student at Sydney Techical
College. Contemporary critics described her gifts of linear
design and plastic arrangement as "striking" and noted that she was
an artist of "power and promise".
Based on a Navy photograph of four soldiers by Alec Murray, the
classically modelled figures create a frieze like composition and
the yellow and green tones capture the claustrophobic atmosphere
within the train.