A limited edition Giclee print of The original painting AND THEY FACED EACH OTHER which commemorates the beginning of WWI in 1914. I am creating a series of work commemorating the people, places and events of WWI that connects us to some of the stories from the time. For more information please have a look at my WWI blogs.
Painted in 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of The Great War, this painting captures the ethereal beauty of the wildflowers of the area around the Belgian town of Mons where the British and German armies first clashed. Poems from the time talk about eyes turning to heaven where larks are seen in the sky over the battlefield. In the painting the lark represents both a fleeing dove of peace and the angel who, as stories go, came down and fought to save British soldiers in peril. Extreme exhaustion during the retreat from Mons causing hallucination among the troops has been suggested as a source for this story. There are also references in poems to hares running on to the battlefield and the two hares’ silhouettes represent the two armies facing each other.
Signed and numbered by the artist. This print is 34 x 45cm/13.25 x17.5 inches in size including white border.
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